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March 20, 2012

Neagle to retire after 14 years at the college


Having worked at Cowley College since Oct. 20, 1997, Janice Neagle, Director of Employee Services, submitted a letter of retirement to Cowley College’s Board of Trustees during the annual monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

Neagle's last day at the college will be June 30, 2012.

"I have really enjoyed working at Cowley for the past 14 ½ years," Neagle said in her retirement letter. "The college has some of the most wonderful, caring, and compassionate people I have ever encountered, and I will definitely miss them."

Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee appreciates the work Neagle has done for the college over the past 14 years.

"It has been a real pleasure working with Janice," Dr. McAtee said. “She has been a very reliable and dedicated Human Relations person and will be missed.”

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Patrick Curl of Braman, OK, for being named March Student of the Month.
  2. Discussed the KACCT/Cop Retreat, which is scheduled for June 7-8 at Johnson County Community College. Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of AACC will speak to the group and announce a report on “The Future of Community Colleges”.
  3. Discussed the 43rd (ACCT) Annual Community College Leadership congress, which will be held Oct. 10-13 in Boston, MA.
  4. Approved the following policies: Conflict of Interest, Reporting of Fraud, and Performance Appraisals.
  5. Approved a $25 increase in both housing rates for 2012-2013, resulting largely from Great Western Dining’s proposed 3% increase in meal rates for the next academic year. "We are still far and away the best deal for dorms in the state," Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services said.
  6. Approved a $1 increase in tuition and a $1 increase in fees for all Cowley College students in the 2012-2013 academic year. In polling the other community colleges in the state, all but five are considering rate increases of at least $2.
  7. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of March 14, full-time equivalency was 2,811, compared to 2,859 at this time last year.
  8. Held a 20-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, professional negotiations, and consultation with the governing body’s legal counsel.
  9. Approved a lease agreement for property located at 8815 W. 13th St.
  10. Approved Overload contracts for 39 faculty members for the 2012 spring semester.
  11. Accepted a letter of resignation from Krista Andereck as assistant athletic trainer/dorm manager, effective March 31.
  12. Accepted a letter of retirement from Janice Neagle, director of employee services, effective June 30.
  13. Approved the employment of Dennis Abington as security and safety officer, effective March 5.