Cowley College Board of Trustees

 

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Academic Year 2012-2013

Presidential Search Updatesminutes
Cowley College names N. Clark Williams new president.

 

Board of Trustees' Meetings

 

July 15, 2013minutes
Cowley College Board of Trustees install newly elected trustees
Having recently been elected to four year terms as trustees of Cowley College, Ned Graham, Bob Juden, Brian Sanderholm, and Dennis K. Shurtz were administered the Oath of Office. Including the other trustees, Ron Godsey, Mark Paton, and Jim Ramirez, the board is now comprised of seven trustees. Board appointments include Elizabeth L. Palmer as Clerk of the Board, Tony Crouch as Treasurer of the Board, and David Andreas as Attorney for the Board.
The board approved the nominations for Board of Trustees’ officers for 2013-2014: Ron Godsey, Chairman; Dennis Shurtz, Vice-Chairman; Ned Graham, Voting Delegate to the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees (KACCT); Jim Ramirez, Voting Delegate to the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT); Brian Sanderholm, Trustee Representative for Professional Negotiations; Bob Juden, Trustee Representative to Receive Open Bids; and Dennis K. Shurtz, Trustee Representative to the Cowley College Endowment Association.

In other matters, the board:

  • Welcomed Clark Williams as President of Cowley College.
  • Approved a $1,400.00 increase in total salaries or hourly wages for full-time administrative and classified staff, effective July 1 and August 1, respectively. Also approved no change to the monthly fringe benefit contribution currently $540.00.
  • Approved the employment of Tiffany Corley as Life Science Instructor, effective August 1, 2013, and Lory West as Computer Applications Instructor, effective August 1, 2013. Accepted a letter of resignation from Julie Grant, BCIT Department Secretary effective June 24, 2013, and Dereck Chilcott, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Kirke Dale Dorm Manager,  effective July 31.
  • Previewed the Operating Revenue & Expenditures Budget for 2013-2014 as presented by Tony Crouch, Executive Vice President of Business Services. The final budget will be adopted at the August 12, 2013, Board of Trustees’ meeting.
  • Heard a construction update from Tony Crouch pertaining to projects underway.
  • Approved Policy 145.00 Pets/Animals and College Facility.
  • Heard a report from Slade Griffiths, Vice President of Academic Affairs, that stated the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site review at Winfield’s Winfield Center and the Mulvane Center went very well. Griffiths praised the work of Stephani Johns-Hines, Michelle Schoon, and Chris Cannon. An official report from the commission is yet to be received. Griffiths further stated that training at Calmar and Morton Buildings is proceeding, Rubbermaid training is pending, and additional recruiting of Business and Industry Training is occurring.
  • Heard a report from Ben Schears, Vice President of Student Affairs, that indicated Fall enrollment is down. Recruiting efforts include a calling program and saturation mailers across Cowley County, Sumner County, and northern Oklahoma.
  • Read a report from Dave Burroughs, Interim Athletic Director, that stated Cowley College athletics placed ninth out of nearly 400 schools competing in the NATYCAA (National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators). This marks the seventh straight year Cowley has placed in the top 10 of the standings.

 

June 28, 2013minutes

Board approves proposed faculty salary schedule
Conducting a special meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees Friday afternoon in the President’s Conference Room of Galle-Johnson Hall, the Board approved the proposed faculty salary schedule for the 2013-14 academic year.
Along with a $1,400 base salary increase for faculty members, the Board also approved the Nepotism policy as it applies to the Master agreement for faculty only.
The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. Monday, July 15.

 

June 17, 2013minutes

Avery, Bacastow, Jr. take part in final Board meetings

With more than 40 years of combined service to Cowley College’s Board of Trustees, Donna Avery and Albert Bacastow, Jr. took part in their final meeting of the Board of Trustees Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.
Board Chairman Ron Godsey thanked Avery and Bacastow, Jr. for their dedication and service to the Board and presented them with a gift from the college.

In other matters:

  • Approved Jim Ramirez, Ron Godsey and incoming president Mr. Clark Williams’ participation at the 44th annual Community College Leadership Congress Oct. 2-5 in Seattle, WA.
  • Reviewed a first reading of policy 145.00 Pets/Animals and College Facility.
  • Approved the Flexible Benefits Plan for 2013-2014.
  • Reviewed a first reading of policy 254.00 Adding/Dropping a Class.
  • Appointed Humanities Department instructor Dejon Ewing as Theatre Director for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Approved the decision to have BCIT instructor Rae Dale take over as the Department Chair for the Business. Computer and Information Technology Department, effective July 1, 2013. 
  • Accepted a letter of resignation from Greg Nichols as Associate Dean of Instruction, effective June 30; accepted a letter of retirement from Bev Manuszak as counselor of Student Support Services, effective Sept. 1. However, Manuszak will continue on at Cowley on a part-time basis.
  • Approved the employment of Janet Davidson as director of early childhood education, effective Aug. 1; approved the hiring of Travis Jorns as third shift custodian at the Mulvane Center.

 

May 20, 2013minutes
Board of Trustees receive academic update
Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, shared good news items with the school’s Board of Trustees during the regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.
Griffiths informed the Board that the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) performance agreement was successfully defended on April 30 with the Regent’s Board of Academic Affairs Standing Committee. KBOR recommended 100 percent funding.

In other matters:

  • Received a construction update from Tony Crouch, Interim President/Executive Vice President of Business Services. Crouch informed the Board that Gator Construction continues with demolition work on property owned by the college in South Arkansas City, near the Travis Hafner Training Center.
  • The Board approved a bid of $178,675 from Stanfield Roofing to replace the roof on the Walker Technology Building; approved a bid of $18,200 from Winfield plumbing and Heating to replace the rooftop heating and air conditioning units on the Little Theatre area of Galle-Johnson Hall; approved a bid of $29,937 from Lewis Street Glass Company to replace the insulated window panels throughout Kirke Dale Dormitory; approved a bid of $56,822 from Winfield Plumbing and Heating to replace the HVAC systems in Docking Dormitory.
  • Approved the four-year exemption from the provisions of the bill allowing concealed carry in all campus buildings. Ron Godsey, Board Chairman, will send an executed counterpart of resolution No. 2013-520 to the Kansas attorney general as notice of the Board of Trustees’ election to exempt college buildings from the bill. With this, the college can maintain its no concealed carry status until July 1, 2017. All college facilities shall be weapons-free and entrances to each building and facility owned or operated by the college shall be posted in accordance.
  • Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that the school is in the process of hiring 50 new adjunct faculty members. Griffiths also stated the college is in the process of hiring a full-time computer applications instructor for the main campus and also hire a full-time life science instructor for the Mulvane location.

 

May 9, 2013minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was held on May 9, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss non-elected personnel.

 

April 15, 2013minutes

Board learns about Advancing Health & Medical Professions Program

With newly elected Board of Trustee members Brian Sanderholm and Ned Graham looking on, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees held its annual monthly meeting Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

During the meeting, the Board learned about the development of a two-year health career program of study for high school students called AHMPP (Advancing Health & Medical Professions Program). The program was put together by working in conjunction with high schools near the college’s Mulvane Center.

The Board also had an opportunity to review a letter from the Kansas Board of Regents confirming many positive areas of institutional performance and effectiveness at Cowley College in the area of effectively supporting Perkins programs. The staff was commended for the excellent job of addressing the needs of the college.

In other matters:

  • Received a construction update from Tony Crouch. The college will be soliciting proposals from area contractors for roof replacement on the Walker Technology Building. The funds to be used are the unbudgeted funds expected yet this spring from High School Technical Student reimbursement. If these funds do not materialize, the work will not be completed at this time.
  • Letter to Slade Griffiths, from Patricia Serratore, President (NATEF) National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. recognizing the Automobile training program met requirements for NATEF Master Accreditation. This is the highest level of achievement recognized by NATEF.
  • Received an academic update from vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths. Business and Industry training proposals have been developed for Impact Bank, Rubbermaid and CALMAR.
    Approved the employment of Paula Phelps as Director of Online Education, effective May 1.
    Approved the following policies: Graduation Requirements (216.00) and Compensation for Part-Time Instructors (277.00).

 

April 11, 2013minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was held on April 11, 2013, at 4:35 p.m. to discuss non-elected personnel.

 

April 10, 2013minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was held on April 10, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss non-elected personnel.

 

April 09, 2013minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was held on April 9, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss non-elected personnel.

 

April 08, 2013minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was held on April 8, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss non-elected personnel.

 

March 19, 2013minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was held on March 19, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.to discuss non-elected personnel.

 

March 18, 2013minutes

Board of Trustees approve Cowley’s membership in Community College Forum

Giving Cowley College access to more than 1,500 research studies of higher education issues, the school’s Board of Trustees approved a three-year membership to the Community College Forum during the annual monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

In other matters:

  • Approved the recommendation for no increase in tuition and fees for all face-to-face Cowley College classes.
  • Approved a new cost structure for online classes. All online classes will be priced at $113 per credit hour regardless of student residency.
  • Approved Great Western Dining’s proposed 4 percent increase in rates for next year.
  • Approved the modified Adding/Dropping a Class policy 254.00.
  • Reviewed a rough draft of the following policies: Conflict of Interest (policy 137.00); Nepotism (policy 170.00); also held first readings to modify the following policies, Graduation Requirements (policy 216.00); Compensation Plan for Part-Time Instructors (policy 277.00).
  • Reviewed a rough draft of revisions to the Tiger Booster Club constitution and the criteria for membership in the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • According to the Official Registration report prepared by Mark Britton, registrar, the spring semester headcount enrollment is 3,957 and the FTE is 2,851. The distribution of student origin indicated 883 are from Cowley County. There are also 14 foreign countries represented by students attending Cowley College.

 

March 12, 2013minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was held on March 12, 2013, at 6:45 p.m.. to discuss non-elected personnel.

 

February 18, 2013minutes

Board of Trustees receive update on online program

Continuing to see large increases in online enrollment, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees received an update on the college’s online program during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the President’s Conference Room.

Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch, vice president of research and technology Charles McKown, vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths, and vice president of student life Ben Schears, informed the Board of the options concerning the school’s online program.

They informed the Board that the school is in the process of reviewing the entire online process to see how they can apply what they are doing with the program to the school’s performance agreements.

The school is also looking at ways to expand and improve its online program.

Also during the meeting, Crouch informed the Board of the new Cowley College Discover Prepaid Debit Card, which students were recently given. At the beginning of February the school began disbursing all refunds, including financial aid refunds and bookstore refunds to the debit cards.

In other matters:

  • Accepted a bid from Gator Demolition to remove the two structures on land recently acquired from the City of Arkansas City at the corner of Summit and Buchanan, where the old packing plant used to be.
  • Crouch informed the Board of a proposal to purchase another bus to replace one of the school’s current 31-passenger buses. The bus the school is looking into purchasing is a 2000 Bluebird LTC with 60,000 miles on it.

 

January 22, 2013minutes

Matt Stone provides Board of Trustees with security update

With the protection of human health and safety being the top priority for Cowley College’s security team, Matt Stone, director of security and public safety, provided the school’s Board of Trustees with a security update during Monday night’s Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.

In other matters:

  • Discussed the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon, which will be held Feb. 14 in Topeka at the Ramada Downtown.
  • A protest petition has not been filed in regards to the intent of Cowley College to change from a Board of Trustees comprised of six members to one comprised of seven members. Also, eight people have filed for what will be four available positions on the Board of Trustees. Of the eight that have filed two are incumbents

 

January 15, 2013minutes

Special Board of Trustees Meeting

Cowley College’s Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening in the McAtee Dining Center and held a one hour and 15 minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.  Along with the college’s six Board of Trustee members, John Steinecke, ACCT Search Consultant, was at the meeting.

 

December 17, 2012minutes

Dr. McAtee takes part in final Board meeting; Burroughs named interim athletic director
In what was his final Board meeting as president of Cowley College, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee gave a card to the Board of Trustees thanking them for their support over the past 25 ½ years during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center. He also thanked the Board members for their participation at his retirement party held last Thursday.

Also, with Tony Crouch set to assume the role of interim president at Cowley College on Jan. 1, the school was in need of finding a replacement for Crouch as interim athletic director. The announcement was made during the Board meeting that long-time baseball coach Dave Burroughs would step into the role of interim athletic director at the first of the year.

In other matters:

  • The Board approved making Greg Nichols interim Business, Computer and Information Technology Department Chair without additional compensation. Also approved Slade Griffiths as interim Business and Industry Director without additional compensation.
  • The Board approved the purchase of 34 acres of property from the City of Arkansas City located at 1826 S. Summit.
  • The Board approved the award from the court of condemnation of property of Mr. Larry Stalnaker.
  • The Board was informed that David Andreas, legal counsel, published the notice of the Board of Trustee’s intent to change from a Board comprised of six members to one comprised of seven members.

 

December 12, 2012minutes

Special Board of Trustee Meeting
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School was held on December 12, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the Presidential Search.

 

November 19, 2012minutes

Crouch appointed interim president at Cowley College
With Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee set to retire on Dec. 31, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Tony Crouch as interim president, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The decision was made during Monday night’s Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center. Crouch will serve as interim president until a new president is in place.

In other matters:

  • Heard from members of Cowley College’s Art Club and Media Club as they shared details of their trip to Chicago.
  • The Board adopted the intent to change the method of election to a seven-member Board.

 

October 15, 2012minutes

Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee to retire after 26 years at the college
Showing tremendous vision and an ability to lead, Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee has taken Cowley College to new heights during his 25 ½ years as the school’s president.
During McAtee's years at Cowley, 15 buildings have been constructed and enrollment at the school has more than tripled.
Along with the incredible academic success of the school, McAtee has also been a part of some tremendous athletic accomplishments and was inducted into the school's Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Under McAtee’s leadership, Cowley captured the 2011 NJCAA Division II national volleyball championship, as well as two JUCO World Series titles in baseball, two national championships in men’s tennis, and national championships in men and women’s cross country.
Dr. McAtee led the renovation of W.S. Scott Auditorium; the construction of the Tiger Track and Field and Soccer Complex; and the building of the Travis Hafner Training Center.

In other matters:

  • Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference commissioner, Bryce Roderick, spoke to the Board and presented Dr. McAtee with a plaque to commemorate his service as an executive board member of the KJCCC during the past three years, including a term as president of the conference.
  • Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, informed the Board that Truett Roofing has removed and reinstalled the flat roof section on Ireland Hall. Crouch also let the Board know that the Tiger Booster Club Blitz Drive has now raised over $70,000 for Tiger Booster Club Scholarships.
  • Approved the Family and Medical Leave Act and Academic Code of Conduct policies.
  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Oct. 7, full-time equivalency was 3.105, which is up from 3,023 at this time last year.

 

October 3, 2012minutes

Board of Trustees holds special meeting

A special meeting of Cowley College’s Board of Trustees was held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center. Mark Paton, Board member, was absent.
During the meeting, the Board of Trustees held a pair of executive sessions totaling one hour and 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. No action was taken after the meeting.

 

September 17, 2012minutes

Mike Crow to retire after 32 years at the college

Serving as a valuable employee of Cowley College for the past 32 years, Mike Crow announced his retirement effective December 31, 2012, during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center.
In other matters:

  • Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Micah Fry of Arkansas City for being named September Student of the Month.
  • Heard from Scott Layton, Natural Science Department instructor, about the progress and things he has accomplished during his sabbatical. “I want to publicly thank the administration, Slade (Griffiths), Tony (Crouch), Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, and the Board for approving the sabbatical.”
  • Heard from Board member Donna Avery and Dr. McAtee about the KACCT/COP meeting they attended September 7-8 at Butler Community College.
  • Approved the acquisition of property at 311 South Third Street in Arkansas City, KS.
  • Heard from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, that the expansion at the school’s Mulvane Center and remodel at the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center are complete.
  • Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Sept. 13, full-time equivalency was 3.093, which is up from 3,043 at this time last year.
  • Heard from Tony Crouch, interim athletic director, that so far the Tiger Blitz Drive has raised $62,257 in pledges.

 

August 13, 2012minutes

Board approves 2012-2013 operating budget

Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2012-2013 operating budget for the college during its annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The 2012-2013 budget has a projected mill levy of 19.124, which is down from the 2012-2013 levy of 20.013.
Revenues are based on in-state enrollments of 80,600 credit hours, a state operating grant of 6,933,300 and a county valuation of 221,117,833. Expenditures are based on anticipated enrollments at each campus and objectives set forth by the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Team.
The college’s total budget for 2012-2013 is $34.3 million.
Also, during Monday’s meeting, the Board members discussed the college’s enrollment report, with enrollment surpassing 3,000 FTE. Enrollment is up about 162 FTE from this same date last year.

In other matters:

  • Discussed the 43rd annual Community College Leadership Congress, which will be held Oct. 10-13 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Board member Jim Ramirez and vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths, indicated their plan to attend the event.
  • Went over the annual KACCT/COP event, which will be held Sept. 7-8 at Butler Community College. The Board’s KACCT representative will attend the event along with Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee.
  • Heard a Business Services Report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. Crouch informed the Board that the expansion at the college’s Mulvane Center is complete and the building is ready for the first day of school on Thursday. The roofing material for Ireland Hall has arrived and they are currently in the tear-off phase, with some new roofing already being put on. Work is expected to be completed in the next 10 days or so. Also, work on the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center is 99 percent complete, with a wall being installed in what is now the weight room to create classroom space for expanded offerings of the center.