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March 17, 2009

Eck announces resignation at Cowley


After two successful seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Cowley College, Steve Eck has announced his resignation. The resignation was accepted by Cowley College’s Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

Eck went 60-8 in his two years at the school and helped Cowley grab at least a share of the past two Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division titles. Eck also helped the Tigers win a school-record 31 games during the 2007-08 season.

The Tigers will act fast in finding a replacement for Coach Eck and anticipate hiring another outstanding coach.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Heard about the meeting with Pratt and Dodge City Community College on Feb. 17 to discuss the college’s technical program funding issues.
  2. Heard from Dr. Pat McAtee and Tony Crouch regarding the hearing with the House Higher Education Committee they attended March 3 in Topeka. Information was presented concerning the varied methods of funding for merged community colleges in the state.
  3. Michelle Schoon, Chair/AQIP Steering Committee, provided Board of Trustee members with a PowerPoint presentation on the Key Institutional Measures.
  4. Approved no increase in tuition for Cowley County residents, a $5 increase for in-state residents, $10 for Oklahoma residents, $2 for out-of-state residents, and a return to the 2008 rate of $151 for international students. Also, no change in fees for all students.
  5. Approved the following new classes: Cooperative Education 1; Cooperative Education II; Cooperative Education III; Cooperative Education IV; Certified Wedding Planner; Introduction to TI-83/84 Graphing Calculator; Autocad Basics; Autocad Advanced; Introduction to Computer Forensics; Coldfusion I.
  6. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of March 10, 2009, full-time equivalency was 2,354, which is slightly down from this time last year. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of March 10, 2009, full-time equivalency was 169, which is significantly up from this time last year.
  7. Approved trip expenses to be paid for seven students, plus Phi Beta Lambda chapter advisor, Beverly Grunder, to attend the PBL National Conference June 20-23 in Anaheim, CA.
  8. Approved the employment of Jenifer Bahner as head volleyball coach, effective Feb. 18; Approved the employment of Jackie Barnett, Sr. as custodian, effective March 23; Approved the employment of Adam Parsons as custodian, effective March 23; Approved the employment of Richard Seymour as custodian, effective March 23; accepted the resignation of Steve Eck as head men’s basketball coach, effective March 31; accepted the resignation of Lance Madison as assistant men’s basketball coach, effective March 31.
  9. Held an executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, personnel matters of non-elected personnel, professional negotiations, and consultation with the governing body’s attorney for 30 minutes.