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San Jacinto College Board of Trustees
News Release
Thursday, June 16, 2011

New members assume trustee roles

PASADENA, Texas – Mr. Brad Hance, Dr. Ruede Wheeler, and Mr. Keith Sinor were sworn in as members of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled meeting of the board on Monday, June 6, 2011.

Positions 1, 2, and 7 were to be filled in a May election. However, due to each position being unopposed, the election was canceled in April.

 “With the great challenges the College is facing due to decreased funding from the state, it is great to keep Ruede on the board as well as adding two community-minded members,” said Marie Flickinger, Chair of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. “The combination of keeping Ruede’s vast experience, and the new fresh ideas of Brad and Keith, is a real plus for San Jacinto College.”

Mr. Hance, a life-long resident of Deer Park and Pasadena, will fill Position 1 for a six-year term. Mr. Ben Meador, who opted not to seek re-election, previously served as Position 1 trustee for seven years. Hance, a graduate of Deer Park High School, attended San Jacinto College and went on to the University of Houston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He then went to work for Maintenance Engineering Corporation in 1971, and in 2003, bought the chemical division and named it MECO Inc., Maintenance Engineering Water Treatment. Mr. Hance currently serves as the company’s president and CEO. He and his wife, Evelyn, have four children and nine grandchildren. He has served on the Board of Directors for the San Jacinto College Foundation for the past four years, including the last year as that organization’s board chairman; and is also treasurer of Second Century Corporation of Pasadena, a non-profit organization for community development.

Dr. Wheeler was first elected to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees in 1986 after serving nine years on the La Porte Independent School District Board of Trustees. Dr. Wheeler practiced dentistry in La Porte for more than 40 years, and is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Houston District Dental Society. He is past president of the La Porte Rotary Club, and serves on the advisory committee for La Porte’s municipal golf course. His term in Position 2 will be for another six years.

Mr. Sinor will fill Position 7. The Pasadena native and Deer Park resident attended Sam Rayburh High School. He is a former San Jacinto College student who went on to attend Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, as well as an MBA. He is also a certified public accountant. After a two-year stint in public accounting with Arthur Andersen, Mr. Sinor joined Sinor Engine Company, Inc., where he is currently a co-owner and chief financial officer. He is actively involved in the community, previously serving on boards of the Deer Park Rotary club and Deer Park Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sinor is married to Rae Sinor, and he has twin boys, John and Michael. He fills the remaining four years of Position 7, previously held by Mr. Wayne Slovacek, who retired from the board in December 2010 after 38 years of service.

The length of term for SJC trustees is six years. The College’s Board of Trustees meets the first Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted, at the San Jacinto College district administration building. Other board members include Mrs. Flickinger, Mr. Dan Mims, Mr. Larry Wilson, and Mr. John Moon, Jr.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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