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June 22, 2010


Board extends Dr. McAtee’s contract as president


Stating his desire to continue on as president of Cowley College through at least the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee had his administrative contract extended through June 30, 2013 during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.
The Board members in attendance were unanimous in stating their support to extend Dr. McAtee's contract.“I think you have been doing an outstanding job of getting the college back to where we were after losing the Southside Center (in Wichita),” Board Chairman Mark Paton said. “The effort everyone has put in to get us back there is greatly appreciated.”
The fall enrollment report indicates as of June 21, full-time equivalency was 1,803, which is up from 1,389 at this time last year. Full-time equivalency was 1,841 on June 21, 2007 during the school’s final year at the Southside Education Center.
The Board also approved the administrative contracts of Tony Crouch as executive vice president of business services; Slade Griffiths as vice president of academic affairs; Sue Saia as vice president of student affairs; Charles McKown as vice president of research and technology; and Tom V. Saia as athletic director. Each contract was extended through June 30, 2012.
McAtee praised the work done by the staff and administration at the college.
“I can’t say enough about the work these people have been doing,” McAtee said. “They are a very cohesive unit. I feel good about keeping this team together.”
Also during Monday’s meeting, the Board approved salary increases for classified staff and administrators at Cowley College.
Classified staff and administrators will receive a 1.5 percent increase in salary or hourly wage effective July 1 and Aug. 1, respectively. In addition, Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee proposed a one-time payment of 2% of the 2009-10 respective annualized pay rates for each full-time employee employed prior to April 1, 2010 and still employed on Sept. 1, 2010, to be disbursed in September 2010.
There will be a $20 increase to the monthly fringe benefit contribution, making it $520. It was also approved that all classified positions be funded for the 2010-11 fiscal year, and any position that comes open during the fiscal year due to retirements, resignations, or other means be thoroughly evaluated before being filled.
The Board also approved the recommendation of funding all classified positions for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
In other matters, the Board:
1. Approved the Bills and Claims subject to payment of $2,642.21 to Dennis K. Shurtz, which is under protest.
2. Reviewed thank you letters sent to several Cowley College personnel for work they have done at the college as well as in the community. “My thanks go out to all of those involved in the community, it is important we are involved,” Paton said.
3. Heard from Ron Godsey, who attended the KACCT/COP Annual Summer Retreat on June 18-19 at Neosho County Community College.
4. Discussed the Board of Trustees Retreat, which will take place Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room, located inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.
5. The next regular meeting for the Board of Trustees will be the organizational meeting for 2010-2011. Chairman, Mark Paton, appointed Ron Godsey and Lee Gregg, Jr. as the nominating committee to present a report and recommendation at the regular July Board meeting.
6. Tony Crouch provided the following Business Services report. Crouch said the troweled quartz epoxy flowing system in the McAtee Dining Center is complete. “It is a way more professional looking floor and not slippery,” Crouch said. While, work on replacing the track for the moveable wall in the Earle N. Wright Community Room began Monday. Work on the ceiling/lighting fixtures in Renn Memorial Library is scheduled to start June 28, and work in the Nelson Student Center is underway.
7. Approved the bid from SimplexGrinnell to install a fire alarm system in the back half of W.S. Scott Auditorium at a price of $64,066. The new equipment will tie directly into the front system, allowing the college to have only one control panel for the building.
8. Heard an instruction report from vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths.
9. Approved several policy changes.
10. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of June 17, full-time equivalency was 742, which is up from 630 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of June 17, full-time equivalency was 1,753, which is up from 1,363 at this time last year.
11. Approved compensation for faculty members teaching summer 2010 for the first four-week and eight-week sessions.
12. Approved the employment of Tim Walton as automotive instructor/coordinator, effective July 1.
13. Accepted a letter of resignation from Amy Wilson as custodian, effective May 17; accepted a letter of resignation from Jeff Simundic as assistant athletic trainer, effective June 30; accepted a letter of resignation from Suzanne Unruh as assistant softball coach, effective July 1.
14. At 6:50 p.m. the Board held a 20-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to professional negotiations prior to reconvening at 7:10 p.m.
15. Board members Dennis K. Shurtz and Donna Avery were absent.