June 12, 2012
Cowley College�s very first Director of Human Resources set to retire on June 29
Janice Neagle blazed a path at Cowley College. In October of 1997, Neagle was hired to serve as the college’s very first Director of Human Resources. In 2005, the job title was changed to Director of Employee Services. Now, almost 15 years later, after leaving an incredible mark on Cowley College, Neagle will officially retire on June 29.
Anything new can be challenging, and a new position is no exception. Neagle has enjoyed all of the challenging and memorable moments that she experienced at Cowley. She proudly proclaims that the support she has received at Cowley over the years has been wonderful. She is taking with her 15 years of fond memories; memories of fun happenings, attending magnificent events, and of course of all the friendships that she has made.
Neagle’s efforts at the college have been appreciated by many. Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee is among the individuals that has admired the work Neagle has done for the college over the past 14 ½ 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.”
Tony Crouch, Executive Vice President of Business Services has also benefited from Neagle’s hard work and determination. According to Crouch, he and Janice have a great, professional relationship based upon respect. She has never been afraid to tell him when he was wrong. Crouch has appreciated Neagle challenging him, and everything that he has learned from her.
Neagle has always been ready to lend a listening ear. During her role as Director of Employee Services, she has always had an open door policy. Employees were always welcome to visit with her regarding any employment issue. Bev Grunder, Department Chair and Director of Business and Industry Training, has treasured this availability.
“You could discuss any HR concerns with Janice and she has always been very helpful. Her smile and warm personality will be missed,” Grunder said.
Compassion is something that Neagle has shown a lot of at Cowley. An anonymous employee stated that he/she has truly appreciated Neagle, and that she has always displayed the utmost kindness and respect to others. This compassionate nature will carry on in her retirement.
Neagle’s next direction in life will include moving to Derby to care for her 90-year-old mother. She also plans on spending more time with her son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons. She hopes to become active in the local senior citizen center, and spend a great deal of her time working on genealogy research.
Without a doubt, Janice Neagle is a true “people person.” All the people at Cowley wish Janice well, and hope the next chapter in her life is both relaxing and very enjoyable.
A retirement celebration brunch will be held in Neagle’s honor Friday, June 22 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the President’s Private Dining Room.