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 6:45 pm in
Dining Center, 206 South 4th Street,
Arkansas City, KS. All Board of Trustee
are open to the public.
To view the official minutes, press releases that summarize the
board meetings and highlight discussions and decisions, go to Board
Board members include:
||Dennis K. Shurtz
|Professional Negotiations Board Representative:
|| Albert Bacastow Jr.
|Board Representative to Open Bids:
|| Donna Avery
|College Endowment Association
||Dennis K. Shurtz
|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 Representative to Open Bids
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 decisions.”
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.
Jr., Professional Negotiations Board Representative
has been a board member for 18 years. His current term expires
in July 2013.
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 operations.
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, Chairman
has been on the board since 1995. His current term expires July 2015.
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.
Paton, KACCT Delegate
Mark has been a board member since July 2003. Hiscurrent term
expires July 2015.
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
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.
Jim Ramirez, ACCT Delegate
has been a board member since July 2011. His current term
expires July 2015.
Mr. Ramirez feels that the primary roles of the board are to
ensure the college provides good leadership from the top level down,
represent taxpayers in sound fiscal oversight, remain goal-oriented
with a strong passion for growth of the college with a vision quest for
meeting tomorrows needs associated with program and services, all while
making sure accreditation standards remain a high priority in providing
a quality education at an affordable price.
Jim is married to Karon. They have two daughters, three step-daughters,
and 11 grandchildren. Jim is owner of the Alumni Grill & Bar in
Arkansas City. He is a 1977 graduate of South Dakota State University
and was elected into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Dennis K. Shurtz, Vice-Chairman & College
Endowment Association Board Representative
K. Shurtz was elected to the board in 2009. His current 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
Last updated July 2012.