News & Events




Press Release



November 12, 2010

Richard “Dick ”Hedges visits with Cowley administrators


Making time in his busy schedule, Kansas Board of Regents member, Dr. Richard “Dick” Hedges, visited Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City on Thursday.

While at the college, Hedges had an opportunity to visit with Cowley College administrators and view a slide show detailing the many positive things happening at the school.

Hedges complimented Cowley College president, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, and the school’s administrators on the work they have been doing.

The meeting served as a sort of question and answer session for both Cowley administrators and Hedges as the group discussed a variety of issues, including the funding formula for technical education, the alignment in curriculum, and the tiering  structure of programs.

“I am delighted the Kansas Board of Regents has made a decision to enhance communication between the coordinated colleges and the Board of Regents,” Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee said.
Dr. Hedges, who served two terms as the president of Fort Scott Community College, was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2007, and he currently serves as a member of the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee.

“For the Board of Regents to send a guy like Dick Hedges, who was a long time president at Fort Scott was even better, because he thoroughly understands community colleges and what our situation is,” Dr. McAtee said.

Hedges’ career includes teaching, coaching, and principal and vice principal positions at four different Kansas high schools – Baldwin High School, Columbus High School, Fort Scott High School, and Hutchinson High School. He served as the President of Fort Scott Community College from 1983 to 1991 and then worked as the Vice President of Ward/Kraft Printing in Fort Scott. In 1995, he became the Director of the Johnson County Technical School, and then in 1999 he was named to a second term as President of Fort Scott Community College. Hedges retired in 2003.

Hedges has been elected to the Fort Scott City Commission three times and is currently serving his third term as the city’s mayor. He is a Past President of the Kansas Association of Community Colleges and the Jayhawk Athletic Conference. He’s a founding member of Leadership Fort Scott, a Past President of Fort Scott Rotary and the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Bourbon County Economic Development Team, and a Board Member of the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Baker University and M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from Pittsburg State University.

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).

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.