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May 20, 2008

Griffiths named Cowley College's vice president of academic affairs


Having spent the past 12 years as Cowley College’s director of EMS Education, Slade Griffiths will step into a new role at the college as he was named the school’s vice president of academic affairs during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

Griffiths, who serves as the Department Chair of Allied Health, began working at Cowley in 1996 after spending the previous eight years employed as a training officer at the Leavenworth County E.M.S.

Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee feels confident in having Griffiths assume his new role at the school.

"He understands us and our programs, both on and off campus," McAtee said. "He's genuine, intelligent, and the people trust and respect him. He's also worked with the faculty and staff, so I have every reason to think he will do a good job." During Griffiths’ time as the Department Chair of the Allied Health Department, he has helped lead a 250 percent growth in the last three years, and added 40 classes and eight degrees.

He has also helped lead the expansion of the department’s online campus with the addition of 23 more online courses, and has developed a set of statewide lesson plans for emergency services. 

Griffiths will miss the people he has worked with for the past 12 years, but is looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with the college’s faculty and staff.

"It's like I am moving from one house to another, it's sad but happy," Griffiths said. “I have worked with some great people in the Allied Health Department. With the new position I will have the opportunity to work with the faculty and staff to create a learning community.”

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Approved the request for Dr. McAtee and Donna Avery to attend the KACCT/COP Annual Summer Retreat on June 20-21, at Hutchinson Community College.
  2. Heard from Jason O'Toole, director of student support services, and five of his IMPACT students. O'Toole provided the Board with a brief overview of the IMPACT program.
  3. Dr. McAtee discussed with the Board a proposal for Economic Development.
  4. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided an update on construction of the new dorm. Exterior brick veneer is approximately 35% complete and progressing rapidly. Window installation recently began and mechanical and electrical work continues to be the main focus. Substantial completion remains scheduled for July 15 with approximately two weeks to complete punch list items prior to the anticipated finish date of Aug. 4.
  5. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates the full-time equivalency was 803, which is slightly down from this time last year. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates full-time equivalency is 1,182, which is up from 1,133 as of May 14, 2007.
  6. Approved the list of instructors for Advisement pay for Spring 2008, according to the Master Agreement.
  7. Accepted the resignation of Janet Bogle as director of health services, effective May 21; Accepted the resignation of Linda Grossman as Natural Science instructor/SSEC, effective May 21; Accepted the resignation of Cynthia Wesson as Humanities instructor/SSEC, effective May 21; Accepted the resignation of Rita Thurber as Advising Specialist, effective May 30; Accepted a letter of retirement from Kay Kautz, Ed.D., as Social Science instructor, effective August 13.
  8. Approved the employment of Cynthia Jones as Mulvane Center Coordinator, effective May 27; Approved the employment of Landon West as director of housing, effective June 1; Approved the employment of Lory Turney as admissions representative, effective July 15; Approved the employment of Sarah Doyle as assistant track/Wellness Center/dorm assistant, effective July 1; Approved the employment of Rick Squires as welding instructor at Mulvane’s Career and Technical Education Center, effective July 1.
  9. Approved club sponsorship payments to 15 clubs for a total of $9,200.
  10. Approved the request from certain faculty members that have completed their contractual obligations at the end of the school year, to have advanced payment of their salaries for June and July.
  11. Held an executive session for 30 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel, professional negotiations, and consult with legal counsel.