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 in the McAtee
Dining Center, 206 South 4th
Street, Arkansas City, KS. All
Board of Trustee meetings are open
to the public.
Upcoming dates for the 2010-2011 Board of Trustee meetings are
August 9, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20, January
18, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20 and July 18.
To view Press Releases that summarize the board meetings and highlight
discussions and decisions, go to Board
Board members include:
||KACCT Voting Delegate
|Albert Bacastow, Jr.
||ACCT Voting Delegate
|Lee Gregg, Jr.
||Representative for Professional Negotiations
Trustee designated to open bids received for college purchases
|Dennis K. Shurtz
||Board representative to the College Endowment
|Board Appointments include
Libby Palmer as clerk of the Board, Tony Crouch as treasurer
of the Board, and David Andreas as Board attorney.
Donna J. Avery, Board Member
has been a board member since July of 1998. Her current term expires
in July 2013.
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 was 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. Donna has eight wonderful grandchildren and three great
Donna interests include church activities, traveling, cooking,
entertaining, and attending the grandchildren's sports activities.
Donna loves being involved in Cowley as a trustee and considers
that one of her "favorite" activities.
Albert Bacastow Jr., Vice Chairman
has been a board member for 18 years. His term expires in July
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. Ron farms and enjoys sports and hunting.
Ron Godsey, Board Member
Ron has been on the board since 1995. His present term expires
July 2011. 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. His term expires
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, Chairman
has been a board member since July 2003. His term expires July
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. His term
expires in July 2013. Dennis 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 August 2010.