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New Members Join HCC Board of Trustees

published March 27, 2024New Members Join HCC Board of Trustees

Jan. 1, 2024 marked the start of two new members’ terms on the HCC Board of Trustees after the November election.

William N. Noll ‘67, a native of Highland, Kansas was elected to the HCC Board of Trustees in November. Noll grew up in Highland and attended school there from the fourth grade through high school. He graduated from Highland High School in 1965. After high school, he attended Highland Community College (then Highland Community Junior College (HCJC)) and graduated in 1967. He later attended Colorado State University for one year and Kansas State University for one and a half years, graduating in 1970.

Noll was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the United States Army in 1970 and served 20 years as an army officer. He retired in 1990 as a Major. He returned to Kansas State University to pursue a Master’s Degree in History. He taught his first classes at Highland Community College in 1993 and was hired full-time as the History/Government/Geography instructor in 1995. He retired from teaching in 2019 and was elected to the Highland Community College Board of Trustees in 2023.

Mark Rounds ’78 was elected to the Board of Trustees November 2023. He is the President and CEO of Rounds Resources, LLC, which he founded in 2018.

He spent over 30 years in executive management, serving as city manager in various cities in Oklahoma and Missouri where he directed over 300 employees and administered budgets of $130 million in one city.

During his career he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Oklahoma Recreation and Park Society, and the “Dave Harris Fellowship” from the City Manager’s Association of Oklahoma. He was nominated for the Pittsburg State University “Outstanding Young Alumni Award” in Kansas. Mark was named to the 2017 “50 Missourians You Should Know” in the annual issue of the prestigious Ingram’s Kansas City business magazine for outstanding leadership as a City Manager in Missouri.

Rounds is a 1978 graduate of Highland Community Junior College where he played basketball. He graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1981. He is married to Anita (Collins) Rounds, also a 1979 HCJC graduate. They have been married for 41 years and have two sons, Andrew of Brooklyn, New York, and Alex of Kansas City, Missouri. They have one new grandson, Hampton, who is six months old.

Mark and Anita lived away from Highland for many years in Oklahoma and Missouri. Then in 2018 after semi-retiring, they moved back to Highland permanently. Mark serves on the NEK-CAP Board of Directors, with the primary function of alleviating poverty in and around northeast Kansas. Anita is a part-time RN at a local hospital and currently serves as one of the clinical nursing instructors for the LPN to RN Completion program at HCC’s technical center in Atchison. 

“I am honored to be elected as a new HCC Trustee by the people of Doniphan County. I have a passion for young people and believe that there is little more valuable than investing in education and technical training for them. Students deserve quality education or technical training that prepares them for a bright future. I bring decades of successful and proven leadership, along with extensive finance and budgeting experience to the Board of Trustees, and I am committed to making a positive and lasting impact on HCC during my tenure,” stated Rounds.

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