Pinal County School Superintendent Jill Broussard has chosen Jack Yarrington, husband of the late Linda Yarrington, to replace her on the Central Arizona College Governing Board.
Linda Yarrington, who died May 5, was elected to the board in November 2008 and became board president in January 2013. Jack Yarrington was sworn in July 2 to complete her six-year-term, which will end Dec. 31, 2014.
Jack Yarrington said his wife did a great job on the board.
“She asked me if I could take her place, and I thought why not. I am lucky I have an opportunity to do something that is a lot of fun and to make a difference — and to keep her passion alive by contributing to the educational opportunities of the students in Pinal County.”
Yarrington brings more than 45 years of business-related experience with Fortune 500 companies to the position.
He was born in Franklin, Neb., and has lived in Arizona for more than three decades, 21 years in Pinal County. He lives in the greater Apache Junction area and will represent District 5, which also includes Gold Canyon.
Yarrington earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a master’s degree in human resources from Ottawa University. He spent most of his career in human resources.
“I have been an educator all my life,” Yarrington said. “Being in human resources is being in education. We take people, we hire them and we teach them. I hope to bring my experience and business-related background to help Central Arizona College wherever I can.”
Yarrington worked at five Fortune 500 Companies in five states during his career, including with ITT and Allied Signal. He also worked in both union and non-union shops.
“I always had a desire to make the people around me aware of the educational opportunities that surround us,” Yarrington said.
“If you give people the right tools to become better educated, then they become better people and better employees. Community colleges are the blue collar breadbasket of America. We graduate productive people who can go right to work or who go on to a four-year institution.”