TJC: Board of Trustees - 3 incumbents want to continue serving

Published on Thursday, 30 January 2014 23:31 - Written by By Emily Guevara

Three incumbents on the Tyler Junior College board of trustees have filed to retain their seats.

Board secretary Ellen Matthews said Ann Brookshire, Place 7; David Hudson, Place 8; and Rohn Boone, Place 9, all submitted their paperwork to run for the board.

Mrs. Brookshire has served for about eight years, one complete term and a portion of an unexpired term. Hudson has served 12 years, or two terms. Boone has ser-ved six years, or one term. The deadline to apply for candidacy is Feb. 28 and the election will be May 10.

Mrs. Brookshire, 58, said the college is moving in such a dynamic direction that she would like to stay on the board to see some of the projects completed.

As a certified public accountant, she said she brings a good financial sense to the board.

She said it’s an honor to serve, as her husband’s grandfather served on the board as well.

“I find this a great way to give back to the Tyler community,” she said.

Hudson, 66, of Tyler, an attorney, said the college is in the middle of its largest addition to the campus in history and he wants to be a part of that.

He said his ties to the college as a graduate, former faculty member and board member have helped him gain knowledge about its operations and funding processes.

In addition, during his time as a state legislator, he served on the Higher Education Committee and said he understands the funding component and the stress that the decline in state funding has caused.

He said he is proud to serve with a great board of trustees and praised the college’s administration, faculty and staff for their dedication and hard work.

“As a graduate of TJC, as a former faculty member and a part of a family that’s been connected to the college from the very beginning, I’m looking forward to the continued expansion and improvement of TJC for many reasons,” he said.

Boone, 59, of Tyler, a partner in Boone and Boone Construction Ltd., and senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Wright City, said he would like to continue to support the college and see its continued progress.

If elected, Boone said he would like to see the college continue to reach out to first-generation college students, provide high quality education at a low price, and increase community partnerships.

Boone said his expertise in design and construction has been an asset, particularly during this time of building.

As a TJC alumnus, he credits the college for the achievements he’s had in life, business and the ministry.

“TJC played a huge role in that success, therefore I’m able to give back to the community,” he said.