June 21, 2011
Board honors Lee Gregg Jr. for 12 years of service
Serving in various roles on Cowley College’s Board of Trustees over the past 12 years, Lee Gregg Jr. took part in his final meeting during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.
Gregg Jr., who twice served as president of the Board, has watched the college grow dramatically over the past 12 years. During his time on the Board, Cowley has added three dormitories, the Sid Regnier Bookstore, the Allied Health Education Center in Winfield, the Mulvane Industrial Technology Center, the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center, and the Webb-Brown Academic Center. Construction is also underway on the Travis Hafner Training Center.
Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee presented Gregg Jr. with a plaque near the end of Monday night’s meeting.
“It is my pleasure on behalf of everyone at the college to present Lee Gregg Jr. with this plaque in appreciation for 12 great years,” Dr. McAtee said. "It has been a lot of fun; you are a great man and have helped me in so many ways. I appreciate all you have done for the college.”
Gregg Jr. has enjoyed serving on the Board at Cowley College and is proud to see the progression the school has made over the past 12 years, including being one of the fastest growing colleges in the state of Kansas.
"It has been my privilege to have had the opportunity to serve the college over the last 12 years," Gregg Jr. said. “It has been rewarding to see what a great institution it is and is becoming.”
In other matters:
- Reviewed a letter from Rod A. Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa, announcing the Alpha Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Cowley College received special commendation during the Kansas Regional Convention for fulfilling all requirements to be named a “5 Star Chapter”.
- Held a 10-minute executive session to discuss property acquisition and to consult with legal counsel.
- Approved the contract of the leases associated with the college’s Centers in Mulvane.
- Heard from Donna Avery and newly elected Trustee Jim Ramirez as they attended the KACCT/COP annual summer retreat, June 10-11 at Kansas City Community College.
- Discussed the 42nd annual Community College Leadership Congress, which will be held Oct. 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
- Discussed the next Board meeting in July, which will be the organizational meeting for 2011-2012. Board chairman, Albert Bacastow Jr., appointed Donna Avery and Ron Godsey as the nominating committee to present a report and recommendation at the regular July Board meeting.
- Received a construction report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. Roof sheeting has wrapped up on the Travis Hafner Training Center and work on the wall panels has begun. The interior framed walls are progressing rapidly and the burnished block walls (interior and exterior) are underway and should be completed very soon. Windows are next on the schedule; plumbing work is complete and the lockers have been installed in the visitor’s locker room inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. Epoxy floor work is also complete, while carpet and paint are the only items remaining; work on the new air conditioning system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is progressing nicely and should be complete by the end of June; work on the flooring in the upstairs hallway inside Galle-Johnson is set to begin on July 5, while work on a new elevator inside Galle-Johnson will begin as soon as a permit is received; new carpet installation inside the McAtee Dining Center is set to begin July 11 and be complete by July 18.
- Approved a change order request to modify storm water drainage piping along Buchanan Ave. as coordinated with the City of Arkansas City. The City of Arkansas City will reimburse the college $13,000 of the cost, leaving the net cost of the change order at $12,776.
- Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board with an academic update, which included information about the academic affairs council approving the following new courses: Cosmetology Instructor Training (nine credit hours) and Training Officer II (two credit hours). Griffiths informed the Board that institutional quality issues will be discussed at all academic affairs council meetings and the department chairs embrace what this will do for the departments in general and the institution in particular.
- Conducted a first reading of the modification of policy 262.00 Assignment of Grades. This change will modify the practice where incomplete grades can only be approved near the end of the course.
- Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of June 14, full-time equivalency was 781, which is up from 736 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of June 15, full-time equivalency was 1,754, which is up from 1,728 at this time last year.
- Reviewed information from Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, regarding the Endowment/Alumni Office. Schears said he has been very pleased with the volume of pledges and direct gifts to the Travis Hafner Training Center that have come in over the past few weeks. He also provided the Board with information on database upgrades and the scholarship reception planned at 6 p.m. August 23 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
- Approved compensation for full-time instructors teaching summer 2011 for the first four-week and eight-week session.
- Accepted a letter of resignation from Vince DeGrado as head cross country and assistant track and field coach, effective June 20; accepted the resignation of Andrew Bohn as admissions representative, effective May 31; accepted the resignation of Travis Truax as assistant tennis coach, effective May 20.
- Approved the employment of Greg Nichols as associate dean of instruction, effective July 18; approved the employment of Deborah Layton as Humanities instructor, effective August 11; approved the employment of Frank Owens as criminal justice instructor, effective July 18; approved the employment of Martin Shaffer as physics instructor, effective August 11; approved the employment of Steve Cooper as math instructor, effective August 11; approved the employment of Krystle McCorgary as admissions representative, effective July 1; approved the employment of Terra Maxey as dorm manager, effective July 1; approved the employment of Tanner Littrell as dorm manager/intramural coordinator, effective July 1.
- The Board of Trustees wished Board Clerk Libby Palmer a happy birthday.