Science Center Subdistrict Board

Details about the Science Center Subdistrict Board

Overview

The St. Louis Science Center Sub-district is a "sub-district" of the larger ZMD (The Zoological Park (Metropolitan) & Museum District (Cultural District). The Commission is charged with overseeing the management of the St. Louis Science Center and in particular its operation as a political subdivision of the larger ZMD and, ultimately, the state.

"St. Louis Science Center sub-district" shall consist of such institutions and places for the purpose of collection and exhibition of displays of items of natural historical, industrial, transport and scientific interest, the instruction and recreation of the people, for the promotion of the study of science, industrial, transport and natural history and kindred subjects and for the promotion by all proper means of public interest in natural history, transport, industry and science.

Apply to Serve (11 openings) View board website
Openings include appointments labeled "Serving Beyond Term."

Board Members

Showing 13 active board members (maximum 14)
Name Role End Date
David Baringer Non-Voting 09/30/2024
Gena (Gunn) McClendon Non-Voting 09/30/2024
Donald Suggs Member 12/31/2022
Joshua Randall Secretary 12/31/2021
Serving Beyond Term
Michael Schulz Treasurer 12/31/2021
Serving Beyond Term
Timothy Eberlein Vice Chairperson 12/31/2019
Serving Beyond Term
Donna Wilkinson Member 12/31/2019
Serving Beyond Term
Shelley Lavender Member 01/01/2019
Serving Beyond Term
Michael Neidorff Chairperson 01/01/2019
Serving Beyond Term
Eugene (Gene) Toombs Chairperson 01/01/2019
Serving Beyond Term
Mark Trudeau Vice Chairperson 01/01/2019
Serving Beyond Term
Tracy Hart Treasurer 12/31/2017
Serving Beyond Term
Thomas George Ph.D. Non-Voting 12/31/2016
Serving Beyond Term

Authorizing Legislation

Rev. Mo. Stat. 184.352, Rev. Mo. Stat. 184.358, Rev. Mo. Stat. 184.360

Board Duties and Purpose

184.360. Sub-district's powers — duties. —

1. Each respective sub-district is hereby empowered to own, hold, control, lease, acquire by donation, gift or bequest, purchase, contract, lease, sell, any and all rights in land, buildings, improvements, furnishings, displays, exhibits and programs and any and all other real, personal or mixed property, or to contract with other persons to provide for any and all services for the purposes of the sub-district.

2. All buildings, property and facilities of existing publicly owned and operated zoological parks and museums established pursuant to the constitution or laws of this state or museum of science and natural history upon which a majority of the voters of both the city and county have passed upon as provided for in section 184.350 shall become the property of and vest in the respective and applicable sub-district on the date such sub-district shall be established as provided in section 184.350. Any obligations, duties, rights, privileges of whatever description pertaining to or relating to the maintenance, operation, construction, design, or affairs of any such existing zoological park or museum shall be assumed by the respective sub-districts.

Member Requirements

Appointments require Board of Aldermen approval.

184.358. Sub-districts governed by commission, appointment — qualifications — terms — removal from office — nonvoting advisory members, appointment, terms. —

Each sub-district established by the voters as provided in section 184.350 shall be governed by a commission consisting of ten (10) members to serve without compensation for a term of 4 years except as provided in this section.

Five (5) commissioners and their respective successors shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter county and five (5) commissioners and their respective successors shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter city, from persons nominated and submitted by the respective then existing commissions. The authority to appoint shall include the authority to reject and in such case an additional nominee or nominees shall be submitted.

The commissioners shall nominate a person to replace members whose terms are to expire or to fill a vacancy.

Commissioners who have been appointed by the chief executive officer of the city shall be residents of the city during their tenure in office and commissioners appointed by the chief executive officer of the county shall be residents of the county during their tenure in office.

Nothing in this section is designed nor should it be construed to prohibit the appointment by the commission of non-voting commissioners to the commission of any sub-district nor shall the residency requirements be applicable. The legislative body of the constitutional charter city upon the petition of the chief executive officer of such city after a public hearing thereon may remove any commissioner residing in the city for misconduct or neglect of duty, and the legislative body of the constitutional charter county upon petition of the chief executive officer of the county after a public hearing thereon may remove any commissioner residing in the county for misconduct or neglect of duty.

No commissioner removed shall be eligible to appointment to any sub-district, commission, office, or to the board of the district.

There shall also be four (4) nonvoting advisory members. Two (2) of the advisory members shall be selected by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter county and two (2) of the advisory members shall be selected by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter city, with such 4 year terms beginning October 1, 1992, subject to the advice and consent of the respective legislative bodies of the city or county in which the proposed member resides.

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