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Cowley College

Arkansas City, KS

Type: Full-Time
Salary: $165,489 to $194,649 USD per year
Posted: 04/22/2022
Application Due: Position will be open until filled. Applications may be reviewed as early as May 13, 2022. Preference will be given to applicants who work or have worked in higher education in the state of Kansas.



The President is the chief executive officer of the college and reports directly to the Board of Trustees of Cowley College. The President is responsible for business and community engagement, advancement, campus culture, and the student experience. As chief executive officer, the President must delegate authority and yet retain final responsibility for the effective operation of the college.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide professional leadership to the Board in the definition of purpose, development of policy, and continuous evaluation of the operation of the College
  • Implement programs approved by the Board and assure that such programs are directed toward the fulfillment of the established purposes
  • Prepare agenda, reports, and recommendations for official Board meetings to facilitate effective decision making and sound formulation of policy
  • Develop the annual budget, for consideration by the Board, to assure the efficient utilization of local, state, and federal funds for the financing of a comprehensive program of continuing education
  • Develop job descriptions, nominate for employment, provide in-service education, and recommend the promotion, assignment, or dismissal of all College personnel
  • Monitor and evaluate the operations of the College and submit objective reports to the Board
  • Establish and conduct a comprehensive program of internal and external communication to promote school and community understanding and support of College programs and policies
  • Must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable
  • Must maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with employees, vendors and/or any other representatives of external organization
  • Represent the College in an official capacity in contacts with local, state, and national professional or governmental agencies
  • Comply with all College policies and procedures

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Doctorate preferred, Master’s required
  • Minimum of five years in an executive position in a college setting, preferably a community college
  • Demonstrated experience in oral and written communications confirming the ability to effectively research ideas, organize thoughts, and persuade diverse internal and external audiences
  • Knowledge of the mission and role of public two-year institutions, particularly their important role in community economic development and workforce development is required
  • Experience in interpreting organizational needs, programs, and activities to the employees, community organizations, and agencies, area school systems, the Legislature, and providing services training for business and industry is required

Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to all facets of the community, including the needs of the various groups of which it is comprised
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member, which includes all segments of the College faculty, staff, students, and the governing board
  • Demonstrated leadership, decision-making, and coordinating abilities in a complex organization
  • Demonstrated ability to project a positive public image

Educational Philosophy

  • Committed to the Community College concept of a quality education
  • Committed to the professional development of faculty and staff
  • Student-oriented in the sense of recognizing that all aspects of the College are to facilitate learning and student development, with the student obtaining a level of competency and the student being kept informed of progress
  • Committed to the offering of programs that are relevant to the current needs of business and industry in the region
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the academic transfer programs and evidence of ability to work with four-year institutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the technical programs and evidence of ability to work with business and industry

About Cowley College

Cowley College is a public two-year community college and vocational, technical school. With 78 associate degree pathways and 32 certificates, we prepare students to transfer to a four-year program or to enter the workforce with a two-year job-ready degree or workforce certificate.

Beginning in 1922 in the basement of Arkansas City High School and fondly known as Basement University by its students and faculty, Cowley College has transformed into a cutting-edge institution recognized across the nation for the quality in its classrooms and the success of its graduates.

It is through courage and risk-taking that we measure our success.

Cowley College is located in South Central Kansas and serves students from our communities, across the nation, and around the world. For information about the greater Arkansas City area, visit:

Mission Statement

Cowley College is committed to providing opportunities for learning excellence, personal achievement, and community engagement.

Vision Statement

Champion the relevance of two-year colleges in higher education through holistic learning and workforce development opportunities.

Core Values

Cowley College is dedicated to the continual pursuit of excellence by embracing our Core Values, the fundamental principles that guide our actions: People, Accountability, Integrity, and Leadership.

Application Requirements

To apply for this position, a complete application package must be received in the Cowley College Human Resources office. Priority will be given to those who apply before noon on May 13, 2022. Application materials must be submitted via email at A complete packet consists of:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. A list of at least eight references, including complete contact information for each reference. References must include at least two past/present supervisors, two staff, two faculty, and two community members;
  4. Unofficial college transcripts, including identification of the applicant, the institution, and the degree(s) earned.

Cowley College School is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation or other legally protected category. (Notice of Non-Discrimination found at