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Richard Tredway retired in 1996 after serving the college for more than 30 years.

Richard Tredway

Richard Tredway could easily have filled in for one of those Maytag commercials. Remember? They’re "The Dependability People." For portions of four decades, Tredway was Mr. Dependable at Cowley. He served in a variety of capacities, including agriculture instructor, Business and Service Technology Division chairman, and interim dean of instruction.

But retirement beckoned, and Tredway was honored May 7, 1996, with a reception in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. "I’ve always been blessed to be surrounded by people who make you look good," Tredway said. "Journeys aren’t about beginnings or ends, but what you do along the way."


Tredway, who was 65 when he retired, began his career at Cowley in 1967 as a technical agriculture instructor. He was the last current (in 1996) faculty member to be hired before the school became an area vocational-technical school in 1968. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. He began his career in education in 1957 as the vocational agriculture instructor at Oxford High School. From there he went to Winfield High School and then Cowley.


Dr. Pat McAtee, college president, said, "You truly are a tremendous blessing to the college, and I consider you a very good friend." Tredway is a Master Teacher Award recipient from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas, having received the award in 1991. He has conducted numerous workshops and given countless presentations to business and industry. One of his biggest responsibilities while at Cowley was heading the committee to report to the North Central Association, the agency that grants accreditation to colleges and universities. Through Tredway’s efforts, Cowley received the maximum 10-year accreditation in 1989. "That was a very proud moment," Tredway said.


Tredway, who said retirement would be spent taking care of a business, a farm and visiting grandchildren, credits Cowley for developing his career as an educator. "I had had a successful high school career and to be here to be a part of the development of an institution was wonderful," he said. "I got to see it grow from a small community college to one nationally recognized."


Tredway said Cowley always recognized successful instructors and fostered an atmosphere of professional growth and development. His proudest moment as division chair occurred when his instructors earned Master Teacher awards. At the instructional level, Tredway said what made him most proud was when his students became successful in their field of study.

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