Cowley president retiring after 26 years at Cowley 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 1/2 years as the school’s president.
In an emotional meeting with Cowley College’s Board of Trustees Oct. 15 in the McAtee Dining Center, Dr. McAtee submitted his letter of retirement effective Dec. 31, 2012.
In a tearful gathering the following morning, Dr. McAtee informed the college’s employees Tuesday morning inside the Robert Brown Theatre.
“The last 25 1/2 years have been the greatest of my life and I will truly miss being with the Cowley family every day,” Dr. McAtee said. “The Trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students are the best anywhere. I especially thank my secretary, Libby Palmer, and the Board past and present for 25 1/2 years of continued support. I know the college will continue to grow and prosper in the years ahead.”
During McAtee’s years at Cowley, 15 buildings have been constructed and enrollment at the school has more than tripled.
“I express my appreciation to Dr. McAtee for your long standing service to the college,” Cowley College Board of Trustees member, Dennis K. Shurtz said.
Prior to becoming president at Cowley College in 1987, Dr. McAtee taught speech, debate and theatre at Hays High School and was a teacher, director of community services, assistant dean of instruction, dean of instruction and vice president at Barton County Community College.
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.