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March 22, 2011

Schears named Vice President for Institutional Advancement


Having graduated from Cowley College in 2001 and worked at the school since 2003, Ben Schears has developed a passion for the institution. That passion along with the success he has had as the schools director of admissions and executive director of enrollment and outreach services, led to Schears being named the college’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement during Monday’s monthly Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.

Schears was the recipient of the 2009 Young Achiever Award by the Cowley County Endowment Association, and was presented the 2005 Beth Tedrow Outstanding New Professional Award by the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

He is a member of the Leadership Cowley County Board and is Chair of the Annual Conference Evaluations Committee. He graduated Cum Laude from Emporia State University in 2003 and received his Master’s Degree from the school in 2006.

Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee is confidant Schears is the right individual to serve as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

"I feel good that we were able to promote somebody from within to a vice president level," Dr. McAtee said. "Ben is someone that has done an outstanding job for us in admissions and wanted another challenge in initiating this new venture." Schears will work with the president and administration in developing and implementing fund-raising activities and directing major gifts, annual giving, planned giving and alumni relations. Schears will also be a member of the administrative council and oversee a Cowley foundation Board.

In other matters, the Board:
1. Saw Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to John Kuffler of Arkansas City for being named March Student of the Month.
2. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, proposed that the visiting men’s locker room be converted to a women’s locker room for use during the volleyball season by volleyball and during the basketball season as the visiting women’s locker room. The current visiting women’s locker room would be relabeled for use by visiting men’s teams. The work would involve moving the shower and sink areas and converting the current shower area to a space for lockers and team meeting area. The estimated cost for the required plumbing is $12,550 from Winfield Plumbing and Heating. It is estimated that the remaining costs to construct the shower area and lockers is an additional $12,500.
3. Approved the proposal for the main area of W.S. Scott Auditorium to be air conditioned. In addition to the increase in comfort, being able to control the humidity in the space will also extend the life of the wooden court surface.
4. Approved the new policy “Credit for Articulated High School Coursework”.
5. According to the Official Registration report, prepared by Mark Britton, Registrar, the spring semester headcount enrollment is 4,276 and the FTE is 2,851.11. The distribution of student origin indicated that 1,054 are from Cowley County. There are also 34 foreign countries represented by students attending Cowley College.
6. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of March 17, full-time equivalency was 2.861, which is up from 2,707 at this time last year.
7. Discussed the PIE Forum that will be held April 6 at 6 p.m. inside the Earle N. Wright Community Room. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to come and share thoughts, visions, and ideas they may have about the college.
8. Approved the bid from Swindoll, Janzen, hawk, and Loyd, LLC to audit the accounts and records of Cowley Community College Board Funds and perform the required compliance audit of Federal Funds for a fee of $31,500, and the Endowment Funds for a fee of $7,900. In addition to these fees, there will be a one-time fee of $4,000 to restate the College’s financial statements to the Business-type Activity model. This compared to 2009-2010 bids of $29,465 and $5,360, respectively.
9. People venturing out to watch the Cowley College baseball team might get quite a shock when they see the progress being made on the college’s $3,27 million indoor athletic facility.
The 32,560 square foot structure is showing very clearly the scale of the building.
Assembly of the structure should continue through approximately March 28. Once complete, the roof sheeting will go on followed by exterior wall studs, then the wall panels.
On the critical time path are 12 block pilasters along with the delivery of burnished block. Once work has reached that point, the focus will turn to the inside of the structure.
10. Approved the hiring of Janet Winegarner as custodian, effective March 7; approved the hiring of Anthony Harris as custodian, effective March 28; approved the employment of Gary Hale as custodian, effective March 28.
11. Approved Overload contracts for 36 faculty members for the 2011 spring semester.
12. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 50 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, acquisition of real property, and consult with legal counsel.
13. Approved lease extension agreements with Ron Flickinger and Wolfe Real Estate on properties located at the Mulvane Industrial Park.
14. Approved the decision to enter into a oil and gas lease with Cardinal River, LLP.
15. Approved the purchase of property on South Summit from Dwayne Stone at a cost of $75,000.
16. Board member Ron Godsey was absent.