Bob Burns, Joan McGivney For Community College Trustee

March 30, 2012
Bob Burns of the former St. George and Joan McGivney of Webster Groves are campaigning for an open seat on the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees-Subdistrict 3.

Subdistrict 3 takes in Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Kirkwood and Webster Groves school districts.

Bob Burns, 9057 Southview, was appointed to the SLCC Board of Trustees when incumbent Joann Ordinachev resigned in October of last year. The winner of the April 3 election will serve the remainder of the term, which expires in April 2013.

Burns was elected to four, three-year terms on the Affton School District Board of Education between 1984 and 1996. He served as board president twice. Burns also was elected to the City of St. George Board of Aldermen between 1982 and 1984, and was appointed trustee by St. Louis County in handling matters related to the turnover of St. George to the county.

His public service resume includes three years on the staff of U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt, and three years on the staff of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. He was also appointed chair of the Sixth County Council District Community Area Study with the St. Louis County Planning Commission.

A graduate of Affton High School, Burns was induced into the district's Hall of Fame in 2010. Burns and his wife, Dianne, have two grown sons.

Joan McGivney, 346 Tulip Drive, was employed by Southwestern Bell Corp. for 17 years as a systems analyst and manager. She is owner of McGivney Games, which manufactures and distributes Nation Relation, a children's geography game.

McGivney served two, three-year terms on the Webster Groves School board and also served on the St. Louis County Special School District Governing Council. She is a former substitute teacher for the Affton, Bayless and Hancock Place school districts.

McGivney served on the Webster Groves City Council for four years. She also served on the committee to pass an $8 million bond issue for the city's recreation complex, and chaired a successful sales tax drive to raise $23 million for capital improvements.

She has been involved in community, youth and church activities for 27 years, and was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Webster-Shrewsbury-Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce in 2001.

McGivney and her husband, Jim, have two grown daughters.

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