Wheeler re-elected, Davis Rouse elected to Board of Trustees
05.07.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas – Based on preliminary numbers, Mrs. Erica Davis Rouse has been elected and Dr. Ruede Wheeler has been re-elected, to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. The vote will become official after all provisional ballots have been verified and the Board of Trustees canvasses the votes.
Davis Rouse won election to Position 1 on the Board, filling the position vacated by Brad Hance who chose not to seek re-election. Wheeler ran unopposed for Position 2. Unofficial election results can be found on the San Jacinto College election website.
“As a lifelong resident of the area that the San Jacinto College District serves, and as the daughter of an educator, I am blessed and elated to be elected as the newest Trustee,” said Davis Rouse. “This role represents the culmination of my upbringing, education and experience. Education and civic involvement have always been family priorities so it means the world to be part of our group of Trustees that recognize the value in helping create opportunities for students, both traditional and non-traditional. I look forward to being a part of the future of San Jacinto College with optimism and enthusiasm. Thank you to my family and extended community of friends and supporters for your vote of confidence.”
Davis Rouse is a native of Galena Park, Texas. She moved to the South Belt area as a child and has continued to make South Belt her home, where she is raising her family. Davis Rouse has a passion for community and education as the daughter of a retired Galena Park ISD teacher and counselor. In her current role as an account manager and Texas Team Lead for John Wiley & Sons, Davis Rouse is familiar with the challenges faced by students and faculty in the community college environment. She has volunteered with several non-profits and is an advisory Board member for the Smahrt Girl Foundation. She has also volunteered with Pasadena ISD including service as team mom for several of her son's activities, mentoring and coaching in the Leaders of Tomorrow program, tutoring at New Covenant church and serving in various leadership capacities throughout the community. Rouse is a proud Ambassador for the Houston Texans as a member of the National Football League alumni association.
Wheeler has served on the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees since 1986 following nine years of service as a member of the La Porte ISD Board of Trustees. He is chairman of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Finance Committee. Wheeler practiced dentistry in La Porte for more than 40 years before retiring. He currently owns and operates Wheelstone Auto Sales in La Porte and is a member and past president of the La Porte Rotary Club. Wheeler is married to Charlcya who is a trustee on the La Porte ISD board. The technical building on the San Jacinto College North Campus is named in Dr. Wheeler’s honor.
Residents that live within the Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Sheldon, Channelview, Galena Park, and portions of the Clear Creek, Humble and Pearland independent school districts elect San Jacinto College trustees. Each position is for a six-year term and elections for the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees are held in odd numbered years.
Davis Rouse and Wheeler will take their respective oaths of office at the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, June 5, 2017.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.