Board of Trustees is a six person corporate body elected by the citizens
of Cowley County who assist the president of the college in the management
of the institution.
meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:15
PM and are open to the public. To read
highlights of the Board of Trustees meetings, go to Board
- Donna Avery
- Albert Bacastow, Jr.
- Ron Godsey
- Lee Gregg, Jr.
- Mark Paton
- Dennis K. Shurtz
- David Andreas (Board Attorney)
Donna J. Avery, Chairman
has been a board member since July of 1998. She is in her second
four-year term. Her term expires in 2009.
When asked what the role of a board member was, she replied “Board
members are charged with making policy, approval of the budget,
representing the taxpayers in fiscal oversight, strategic planning,
making decisions in the best interests of the students, the faculty,
and the institution. Board members interact directly with the
president of the college. The president provides board members
with the information and data we need to make sound business
Donna is serving as the board representative to the AQIP council.
Donna has been married for 55+ years to Joe Avery, a Cowley alumnus.
Donna attended Cowley also. They have four children, all Cowley
alumnae. Three of their spouses have also graduated from or attended
Cowley. The Averys' also have eight wonderful grandchildren and
three great grandchildren.
Donna and Joe’s interests include church activities, traveling,
cooking, entertaining, and attending the grandchildren's sports
Donna loves being involved in Cowley as a trustee and considers
that one of her "favorite" activities.
Albert Bacastow Jr., Board Member
has been a board member for 18 years. His term expires in 2009.
Mr. Bacastow said that one of his primary roles as a board member
is to hire the administrators and then let them do their jobs.
The board sets policies and oversees all of the general college
Albert grew up on a farm southeast of Arkansas City. He graduated
from Arkansas City High School. He is also a 1965 Arkansas City
Junior College (now Cowley County Community College) graduate.
Albert received a business administration degree from Southwestern
College. He is married to Karen and has one daughter, who is
a high school senior. Mr. Bacastow is currently the Postmaster
in Winfield, KS. He farms on the side and enjoys sports and hunting.
Ron Godsey, Board Member
This is Ron’s fourth term.
Mr. Godsey feels that one of his primary roles is to hire the Chief
Executive Officer for the college (i.e. President). Board members
endorse policies and procedures. They are not concerned with the
day-to-day operations of the college. Ron is married to Donetta;
he has two grown daughters, and five grandchildren. He graduated
from CCCC in 1979, with honors. He served in the healthcare finance
world for 30 years before retiring. He now owns and operates the
Sears store in Winfield, KS.
Lee Gregg Jr., Board Member
Gregg has been a board member since July 1, 1999.
He has previously served as board chairman.
Lee was born and reared in Arkansas City. He attended Cowley
before graduating from Emporia State University. Lee is a Certified
Public Accountant, Certified Financial Pl anner and has practiced
accounting since 1974. He is married to Susan and has two grown
children (Dave & Diana). Mr. Gregg’s hobbies include
golf, walking, biking, dominos and watching sports of all types.
He is a Vietnam veteran (two tours) while serving in the U.S.
Navy. He has also served on the Arkansas City Commission (eight
years) with two terms as mayor.
Mark Paton, Board Member
has been a board member since July 2003.
Mr. Paton feels that his primary role as a board member is helping
with the overall direction of the college, including: solid financial
condition, strong leadership in administration, quality education
for students, quality services to the community, and quality
facilities and equipment.
Mark is married to Debra. They have two sons; Andrew and Russell.
He is the owner of Paton Wholesale and Vending. Mark graduated
from CCCC in 1972 and from Kansas State University in 1974. Mr.
Paton’s home town is Arkansas City.
Dennis K. Shurtz, Board Member
K. Shurtz was elected to the board in 2009. He served as a member
of the Board from 1991 to 1999 and was Board Chair once during
his pair of four-year terms.
Last updated June 15, 2009.