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Former Farmington mayor and president of a self-owned software development company for Medicare/Medicaid providers, Stuart “Mit” Landrum Jr. has been sworn in as a member of the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees.

Board President Alan Wells led him in the oath of office Thursday afternoon in the VanHerck Boardroom on the school's Park Hills campus.

Landrum fills the remainder of the term left by Jerry Sullivan, who retired from the board at the August meeting because he and his wife intended to move out of the area. In April 2019, Landrum will be eligible to run for a full six-year term as the trustee representing Subdistrict 3 of MAC’s taxing district.

Following the meeting, Landrum spoke about his selection to fill the board vacancy.

"It's a privilege to be on the board," he said. "Of course, it's a public entity. It's an elected position, so I always consider those to be a privilege because it's the people that essentially put you in. I wanted to participate in the life of Mineral Area College because it's such an essential institution to our area.

"Of course I'm the Farmington representative and having worked on industry for many, many years, none of that industry would have been over there if it hadn't been for the college because all of them wanted training available in the area and the college was always right there participating in all that.

"Looking forward, we're heading to a time when the workplace is going to dramatically shift with the advent of a lot of new technology. Mineral Area College is going to be even more essential to the lives of the people here to help them with the assurance that they can maintain and maybe increase their economic value in the workplace, which is so important going forward. That's what I'm hoping to be able to help the college with going forward.

Landrum served as Farmington mayor from 2009-2017, overseeing the construction of a new firehouse, library and city maintenance facility. He was an integral part of the efforts that brought Menards, Schnucks, Rural King and Panera to the city. While mayor, the residents passed three tax measures that paved streets and operated the city’s extensive park system, as well as updated the police station and civic center.

He has been a board member of First State Community Bank since 1981 and from 1981-2004 was president of the Farmington Industrial Development Authority, which he founded. As the city’s Chamber of Commerce president, Landrum led the chamber to acquire Farmington’s first viable industrial park. He has also been a member on the board of LIFE CIL, Inc., Community Hospital Foundation and Presbyterian Children’s Services.

Landrum’s family moved to Farmington just as he was starting his high school years. He attended Farmington High School. After high school, he attended and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and eventually moved to the southeastern United States where he worked for more than a decade on NASA’s Apollo project.

Following the next presidential election, the space program began to take a back seat to domestic and foreign affairs. Looking to change careers, Landrum ended up working in sales for the Zerox Corporation in northern Alabama. By 1973 his father had purchased an insurance office and Landrum returned home to join him in the business. He and a business partner purchased his father’s insurance office in 1981. Landrum later sold the business to First State Community Bank in 1999.

His father, Stuart Landrum Sr., also served on the board in the 1960s and ‘70s. His wife, Chris, retired from Mineral Area College several years ago.

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Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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