Jack Yarrington of Apache Junction sworn in as newest member of the Pinal County Community College Governing Board District
By Tom Di Camillo
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Jack Yarrington will bring his more than 45 years of business-related experience with Fortune 500 companies to his new role as a member of the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board.
Yarrington replaces his wife, the late Linda Yarrington, who passed away on May 5 and will complete her six-year term. Linda Yarrington was elected to the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board in November 2008 and became the president of the governing board in January 2013.
Jack Yarrington was named to the governing board by current Pinal County Superintendent of Schools Jill M. Broussard and was sworn into his position on Tuesday, July 2, during the PCCCD Governing Board Retreat. His term will conclude on Dec. 31, 2014.
Born in Franklin, Neb., Yarrington has lived in Arizona for more than three decades and has been part of the fabric of the Pinal County community for the past 21 years. He is a resident of the Greater Apache Junction Area and will represent District 5 that encompasses Apache Junction and Gold Canyon.
Yarrington earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska Kearney and his master’s degree in human resources from Ottawa University. He spent a majority of his career in human resources, a field he enjoyed more than anything else.
“I have been an educator all my life,” Yarrington stated. “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.”
Over the course of his 45 years in the workforce, Yarrington developed a well-balanced and varied career that landed him at five different Fortune 500 Companies over five different states, including stops with industry giants ITT and Allied Signal. He worked in both union and non-union shops during his professional career.
“I always had a desire to make the people around me aware of the educational opportunities that surround us,” Yarrington said, hinting at his motives for wanting to be part of the future of Central Arizona College. “In human resources we were constantly trying to improve employees. If you give people the right tools to become better educated, than 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.”
Yarrington also thinks he can contribute - something that Linda echoed before she passed away.
“My wife did such a great job. 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.”