Collin College has selected a community member to serve in Place 9 on its Board of Trustees. Andrew Hardin was chosen by a board selection committee to serve in place of the late Brenda Willard Goodell, who passed away Dec. 31, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Hardin will serve in Place 9 until May 2013 when a general election will be held to fill the vacancy for the remaining two years of Goodell’s term.
“It was a very tough decision because we had a number of very qualified applicants,” said Mac Hendricks, chair of the Board of Trustees. “The board felt that Andy's professional acumen and his knowledge of and dedication to Collin County made him the best candidate to serve as our newest trustee."
Hardin, of Frisco, has served as a businessman and civic leader for more than 30 years. He was employed at A.M. Scott Insurance Agency and McCall Insurance Agency, both in McKinney. Hardin served as the publisher for Inside Collin County Business. He then went on to serve as vice president of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. He currently is president of Collin County Bookkeeping, a company he founded that provides bookkeeping and payroll services to small and mid-sized businesses in the north Texas.
Hardin has served on the McKinney City Council, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board, the McKinney Economic Development Commission and the McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission.
Hardin earned a bachelor of business administration from Texas Christian University.
Collin College opened up the nominations to fill Goodell’s space to the public and received a record number of very qualified applications.
Goodell, a Celina native, was appointed to the Collin College Board of Trustees in 2001 and was elected and re-elected to Place 9 on the board in 2002 and 2008 respectively. Trustee Goodell most recently led the board as chair, and she was the first woman to hold the gavel as chair of the Collin College Board of Trustees.
“Strong leadership and great vision have made Collin College what it is today,” said District President Cary Israel. “As the college moves into its new strategic plan, Vision 2016, the leadership of the trustees will be increasingly important. Andy is a great fit for the board because of his strong connection to the community and belief in the importance of Collin College.”