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STLCC Board of Trustees Selects Novel for Appointment to Interim Position

November 17, 2015

The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Derek R. Novel of Florissant for an interim term as the Subdistrict 1 representative on the board. Novel will be sworn in at the Board’s Nov. 19 meeting.
The vacancy occurred when incumbent Theodis Brown, Sr. resigned in September. Subdistrict 1 includes the Hazelwood, Ferguson-Florissant, Riverview Gardens, Jennings, Pattonville, Ritenour, University City, Normandy, Clayton, and Ladue school districts.
By statute, following a public solicitation for applicants, the remaining trustees selected Novel by majority vote to fill the vacancy until the next election held by the Junior College District of St. Louis-St. Louis County, scheduled for April 2016. Novel is eligible to file as a candidate for the seat in that election. The winner will serve the remainder of the term, which expires in April 2020. At that time, an election will take place to fill the seat for a full six-year term.
“I believe that I can make a meaningful contribution in assisting our community college district in meeting its mission,” said Novel, who has taken classes at STLCC’s Florissant and Meramec campuses. “I want to be part of efforts to improve accessibility and the quality of both continuing education and certificate/degree programming.”
Novel is a retired educator and active community volunteer. He taught social studies at McCluer and McCluer North high schools, as well as Cherry Hill East High School (Cherry Hill, N.J.). Novel served as supervisor of social studies, languages and arts in the Mainland Regional High School District (Linwood, N.J.). He was supervisor of curriculum and director of grants and state/federal programs in the Bridgeton (N.J.) School District. Also in New Jersey, Novel served as principal of Hazelwood Elementary School in the Middlesex School District and as project director for Even Start and 21st Century in Wildwood, N.J.
Novel has community college teaching experience as an instructor in adult education at St. Charles Community College. He has received numerous grants to study abroad and attend international workshops and seminars.
Novel’s master’s degree in educational administration is from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. His bachelor’s degree in social studies is from Hamline University (St. Paul, Minn.). He holds teaching and principal/supervisory certifications in New Jersey, as well as teaching certification in Missouri.

For more information, contact Rebecca Garrison, associate for board relations, at 314-539-5154.