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July 17, 2012


Godsey Named Board Chairman


During its regular meeting of the board held in the McAtee Dining Center, members of the Cowley College Board of Trustees elected Ron Godsey to fill the role as Chairman of the board for the 2012-2013 year.  Godsey has served on the college’s Board of Trustees for over 17 years and this will be the 4th time in this capacity. Dr. Pat McAtee said of Godsey, “I’m looking forward to working with him.  He’s been board chair before, is experienced, involved in activities, and supportive of the college.”

Other officers elected and board appointments for the upcoming year were as follows: Dennis Shurtz will serve as the Vice-Chairman, Mark Paton will serve as the delegate to the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees, Jim Ramirez will serve as the delegate to the Association of Community College Trustees, Albert Bacastow Jr. will serve as the representative for professional negotiations, Donna Avery will serve as the representative designated to open bids received for College purchases, and Dennis Shurtz will serve as representative to the Cowley College Endowment Association. 

The Board also appointed Libby Palmer as clerk of the Board, Tony Crouch as treasurer of the Board, and David Andreas as Board attorney.

The Board designated RCB Bank, Union State Bank, CornerBank, Sunflower Bank/Wichita, Legacy Bank/Wichita and Carson Bank/Mulvane as official depositories, and utilize all qualified institutions in the County for the investment of idle funds.

The Board also designated the Arkansas City Traveler and Winfield Daily Courier for publication of official notices, and kept the Board meeting time at 6:45 p.m. on the third Monday of every month.

In other matters:
1. Approved the request to change the August Board of Trustees meeting date to Aug. 13, which would also be the adoption of the 2012-2013 operating budgets.

2. Discussed the annual KACCT/COP meeting, which will be held Sept. 7-8 at Butler Community College. The Board’s KACCT representative will attend as well as Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee.

3. Held a 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition and consultation with the governing body’s attorney.

4. Heard a Business Services Report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. All demolition work is complete, as is under-floor-plumbing at the expansion to the college’s Mulvane Center. Currently they are hanging sheetrock, HVAC ducting, and pulling electrical cables. Everything is on schedule except for a revision to the parking lot, which is requiring a revision to account for retention. Projected completion is Aug. 7 with move in planned for Aug. 10; approved a change order for the Mulvane Center at a cost of $14,817.70; the roofing material for Ireland Hall has been ordered and is expected anytime. Once received, replacement should take about three weeks; the college is preparing to install a wall in what is now the weight room of the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center in order to create space for expanded offerings of the center.

5. Approved subleasing the Mulvane Center parking lot to the neighboring Methodist church for their use during services.

6. Approved the 125 Flexible Benefit Plan Adoption Agreement.

7. Reviewed an Academic Report provided by Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths.

8. Learned the academic affairs council approved the new Personal Training course and modified the following courses: Physical Conditioning I, II, III, and IV; and changed the designation of the Constitutional Law class from vocational to general education, to allow it to be creatively utilized by criminal justice students. The academic affairs council also approved the Criminal Justice and Medical Coding degrees to meet KBOR/TEA mandated realignment requirements.

9. Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, provided the Board with an Endowment/Alumni update.

10. Board Chairman Albert Bacastow Jr. appointed Mark Paton, Ron Godsey, and Dennis Shurtz to a committee to meet with necessary people on campus to review Policy 182: Naming of College Facilities.

11. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of July 9, full-time equivalency was 2,116, up from 2,083 at this time last year. The enrollment for Summer was 676 FTE on July 9.

12. Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, provided the Board with a Student Life update.

13. Dick Speas, athletic director, provided the Board with an Athletic Department update.

14. Accepted a letter of resignation from Terra Maxey as The Lodge Dorm manager, effective July 15.

15. Approved the hiring of Lisa Miller as Enrollment Services Representative, effective July 17; approved the employment of Jennifer Odom as Custodian, effective July 18; approved the hiring of Stephani Johns-Hines as the Associate Dean of Online and Outreach Education, effective August 1; approved the employment of Mark Dykes as graphic design instructor, effective August 1.