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June 21, 2007

Board extends McAtee's contract an additional year


Cowley College president Dr. Pat McAtee had his existing contract extended an additional year, bringing the total to three years, during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Wednesday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

“I am extremely excited about having my contract extended and making a commitment for another three years to Cowley College,” McAtee said. “We have many challenges and opportunities ahead of us in the next three years and I am deeply committed to helping us meet all of them. I’m proud of the confidence the board has put in me.”

McAtee, who has served as president of the college since 1987, previously had his contract extended in June 2006. He has provided leadership for Cowley to earn the NISOD Quantum Leaps Toward Excellence award in 1992 and 1994, the Outstanding Business Industry Partnership award from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce in 1993, and the Kansas Award for Excellence Level II in 1997 and 1998, and KAE’s highest award, Level III, in 1999.

He has expanded the relationships with business and industry in the Cowley County area from 6,500 contact hours of training in 1987 to more than 200,000 contact hours currently, while also developing and implementing 15 new technical programs at the college.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, vice president of business services Tony Crouch spoke to the board about the possibility of building a new dormitory on campus. Crouch said there are currently 70 students on the dormitory waiting list and the proposed new dormitory would have room for 96 students. The discussion will continue at next month’s meeting.

In other matters, the Board:
1. Saw Donna Avery and Cowley president Dr. Pat McAtee provide the Board members with an update on the sessions they attended at the KACCT/COP Retreat.
2. Approved summer construction projects consisting of installing Rinnai tank less heaters in the Kimmell Dormitory at a cost of $12,010.00, and several concrete projects to be done on the campus grounds at a cost of $11,641.50.
3. Presented for first reading Adding/Dropping a Class.
4. Approved the Credit by Examination or Evaluation policy.
5. Approved moving Spring Break to March 17-21, 2008.
6. Approved the bid of Four State Maintenance to replace the carpet in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at a cost of $19,221.28.
7. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of June 12, full-time equivalency was 889, which is up from 877 on June 12, 2006. Fall enrollment is 1,657, which is slightly down from this time last year.
8. Student Life has received 198 dorm contracts as of June 11, which is up from 175 on June 14, 2006.
9. Recognized the Cowley athletic department for recently placing second in the Pepsi/NATYCAA (National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators) awards, which recognizes excellence in two year college athletics.
10. Approved compensation for full-time instructors teaching summer 2007 for the first four and eight week sessions.
11. Approved the recommendation of lateral movement on the professional salary schedule of Greg Nichols. Mr. Nichols will move from Classification C to Classification D for Masters +18 as provided by the Master Agreement.
12. Accepted the resignation of Kim Carwile as instructor in the Computer, Business and Information Technology Department, effective May 31; Accepted the resignation of Kenneth Spurgeon as director of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, effective Aug. 3; accepted the resignation of Dawn Brown as AMT instructional specialist.
13. Approved the employment of Brooke Denney as full-time ABE math instructor, effective July 1; Approved the employment of Christopher Crosby as mechatronics instructor at Winfield Center, effective Aug. 1; approved the employment of Mark Bazil as security officer, effective June 25; approved the employment of Meg Smith as director of journalism, effective Aug. 1; approved the hiring of Robert Beard as AMT instructional specialist.
14. Held three executive sessions for preliminary discussions relating to acquisition of real property, personnel matters of non-elected personnel, and consultation with the governing body’s attorney.