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June 1, 2010

Kansas Board of Regents president and CEO visits Cowley College


Having been named president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents on June 1, 2010, Dr. Andy TompkinsTompkins stopped by Cowley College’s Arkansas City Campus on Wednesday to visit with the school’s administrators and members of the Board of Trustees.
Cowley College president, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, welcomed the visit by Dr. Tompkins.
“I am elated that he would take the time to come down and visit our campus,” Dr. McAtee said. “He let us talk freely and wanted to hear any issues or concerns we may have.”
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges).
Dr. Tompkins found his visit at Cowley College to be beneficial to both he and the school.
“My intentions were to come see Dr. McAtee and talk about the college,” Dr. Tompkins said. “I wanted to learn of any concerns the staff may have and hear of any advice they may have for me because I have only been on the job a month. “ Prior to coming to the Board of Regents, Dr. Tompkins served in a variety of roles in education in Kansas. He previously served as the Dean of the College of Education at Pittsburg State University (PSU), a position he held since 2007. He was an associate professor at the University of Kansas from 2005 to 2007, served as the Commissioner of Education for the Kansas State Department of Education from 1996 to 2005, was an interim dean and associate professor at PSU from 1994 to 1996, was the superintendent of three different school districts from 1977 to 1994, and worked as a principal and teacher at the high school level from 1969 to 1976. Dr. Tompkins received a doctorate from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Emporia State University, and a bachelor’s degree from East Central State University in Oklahoma.
He has been recognized for his accomplishments, which include selection as the Kansas Superintendent of the Year in 1992, induction into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in 2001, recipient of the Governor’s Award presented by the Kansas State High School Activities Association in 2002, and recipient of the Leadership Kansas Alumnus of the Year Award in 2002. He also received the University of Kansas College of Education Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and the Emporia State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.
Dr. Tompkins hopes to visit with other Kansas Board of Regent Schools in the future.
“I want to make sure the relationship stays strong so they know if they have concerns or issues about something they can speak with me,” Dr. Tompkins said.
Dr. McAtee feels confident in having Dr. Tompkins as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.
“He is the right person because he is a master communicator and that to me is what the Board of Regents needs,” Dr. McAtee said.
In addition to serving as the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institution, the Kansas Board of Regents administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of- state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.