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In 1990 Maggie Picking became the first woman to serve as dean of the college.

Maggie Picking

In July 1990, Maggie Picking was named dean of students at the college, the first female to hold a dean’s position at Cowley.


Picking is now vice president of student services at Garland County Community College in Hot Springs, Ark. She left Cowley at the end of June 2001.


She was first employed at Cowley in November 1988 as assessment/placement coordinator. In August 1989, Picking was named director of admissions. She was dean of students from July 1990 to June 1995, when she was promoted to vice president of student affairs.


Picking and husband Eddie have three children: Willie, Rebecca, and Jonny. A native of Hays, Kan., Picking received her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 1981 in psychology and communications. Shortly after, she worked two years for Kansas Wesleyan in Salina as an admissions counselor. From there, Picking went to Colby Community College, where she was student government sponsor one year, behavioral sciences instructor for seven months, and associate director of admissions for four years. She finished her master’s degree from FHSU while she was employed at Colby. From May to November 1988, Picking was assistant administrator for the Kansas Regents Network in Manhattan.


Some of Picking’s major accomplishments at Cowley include securing the college’s first TRIO grant in 1997, establishing a more comprehensive tutoring program, developing an overall admissions plan, cutting the school’s loan default rate from 35 percent to 14 percent without sacrificing enrollment, helping to develop the Early Academic Warning System, assisting with the advisor’s handbook, taking a major role in the reaccreditation process, and seeing the college’s on-campus housing grow. Picking always considered herself a student services person. "I’ve always liked admissions. I’ve always seen student services as a support to the classroom instructor. There is so much learning outside the classroom, and student services personnel have so many opportunities to pass along life-long skills to students they might not get in the classroom. I think that’s very exciting."


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