Campus News

Board of Trustees faces new election year

Amanda Smith
Managing Editor

Every four years, the Board of Trustees is up for election. This year, voting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5 and is open to any registered voter. Voters are able to vote for their own district and the At Large position.

Early voting can be done at the Butler County Courthouse from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. leading up to Tuesday, Nov. 5, and day-of voting will take place all around the county, with three polling sites in El Dorado: the Senior Center, the Civic Center and Trinity Methodist Church.

“It’s your responsibility to get out and vote,” President Kim Krull said. “Vote for people that you believe are going to serve Butler in the best way, that are going to believe and be passionate about our mission– to serve students and support their success.”

There are seven positions on the board, two for each district of Butler County and the at large positions. There are two incumbents running: Ron Engelbrecht and Eileen Dreiling. Engelbrecht is running for the District 1 seat against Julie Winslow while Dreiling is up against Shelby Smith for the District 2 seat.

The At Large position encompasses the entire county and is currently held by Ken Bohon. Those running for this position are Mary Martha Good and Jerry Maier. The District 3 seat is running unopposed, with Forrest Rhodes the only candidate. This seat is currently held by Gregory Joyce for 12 years, who said he first decided to run for the board in order to stay in touch with Butler, and after serving three terms, he decided that it was time to move on.

“I felt like three terms was enough for me,” Joyce said. “I’m a former Butler student, and I try to stay connected and help the community.”

Although members of the board are responsible for the financial side of the college, both Krull and Joyce said they always hope to have members who are passionate about Butler and its students and want to engage in the college.

“We want board members that believe in the work we do,” Krull said. “Personally, I think it would be really hard to serve on a community college board if you didn’t believe in education and if you weren’t passionate about the students who come to the community college level.”

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