State Fair Community College’s Faculty Association will host an SFCC Board of Trustees candidate forum at 5 p.m. March 2 in Thompson Conference Center in Heckart Allied Health Center on the Sedalia campus.

The public is invited to attend in person or view the forum livestream via Zoom at https://sfccmo.zoom.us/j/98341637907.

Four candidates are vying for two open seats on the board of trustees that are being vacated by Randall Eaton, board president, and Nick La Strada, board secretary. The candidates on the April 5 ballot for the two six-year terms are Amie Breshears, of Warsaw, and Billy Foster, Christopher Guffey and Tim Carr, all of Sedalia.

Carr is currently serving in the unexpired term that was created by Jim Page who resigned in February 2021, leaving four years in his term. According to SFCC policy 0324, the remaining board members, by majority vote, selected Carr from a pool of applicants to fill the vacancy until the next board election.

The remaining two years of Page’s term will be filled with the April 5 election. Tom Oldham, who is currently a Sedalia City Councilman, is running unopposed for the two-year term.

The Faculty Association is collecting questions from SFCC faculty and staff in advance of the event. Those who attend may submit questions in writing at the event. Each candidate will give opening remarks before responding to questions. History instructor Michael Davis, who serves on the Faculty Association’s Executive Board, will serve as moderator.

“Historically, the association has hosted candidate forums for the Board of Trustees, and it was important to our group to keep that tradition,” said SFCC Faculty Association President Kelsey Stuart, who is a biology instructor. “The Board of Trustees makes many important decisions that impact our college and community. The Faculty Association welcomes the opportunity to inform voters about the candidates.”

Voters in Pettis and Benton counties, and the city of Otterville, elect trustees to serve on the governing board of SFCC. The trustees oversee a $27.5 million annual budget in addition to making operational and strategic planning decisions for the college, which has a 14-county service area. The board sets policies to govern the institution, and the president of the college is charged with the implementation and assessment of the policies.

For more information about the forum, contact Davis at (660) 596-7321 or mdavis@sfccmo.edu.