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July 16, 2013


Cowley College Board of Trustees install newly elected trustees

Having recently been elected to four year terms as trustees of Cowley College, Ned Graham, Bob Juden, Brian Sanderholm, and Dennis K. Shurtz were administered the Oath of Office. Including the other trustees, Ron Godsey, Mark Paton, and Jim Ramirez, the board is now comprised of seven trustees. Board appointments include Elizabeth L. Palmer as Clerk of the Board, Tony Crouch as Treasurer of the Board, and David Andreas as Attorney for the Board.

The board approved the nominations for Board of Trustees’ officers for 2013-2014: Ron Godsey, Chairman; Dennis Shurtz, Vice-Chairman; Ned Graham, Voting Delegate to the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees (KACCT); Jim Ramirez, Voting Delegate to the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT); Brian Sanderholm, Trustee Representative for Professional Negotiations; Bob Juden, Trustee Representative to Receive Open Bids; and Dennis K. Shurtz, Trustee Representative to the Cowley College Endowment Association.

Pictured, left to right, are Dennis K. Shurtz, Mark Paton, Bob Juden, Brian Sanderholm, Ned Graham, Jim Ramirez, and Ron Godsey.

In other matters, the board:

1. Welcomed Clark Williams as President of Cowley College.

2. Agreed that the college would continue to utilize RCB Bank, Union State Bank, CornerBank, Sunflower Bank/Wichita, Legacy Bank/Wichita, and Carson Bank/Mulvane as official depositories and to utilize all qualified institutions in Cowley County for the investment of idle funds.

3. Approved that the college continue to use the Arkansas City Daily Traveler and the Winfield Daily Courier for the publication of official notices to the public.

4. Agreed that the official meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held at 6:45 p.m. on the third Monday of each month; however, the August meeting is moved up due to the adoption of the Operating Budget required by the date of August 15.

5. Approved the travel and expenses of Clark Williams, Ron Godsey, Jim Ramirez, Ned Graham and Mark Paton to attend the ACCT Leadership Congress on October 2-5, 2015, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington.  Clark Williams and Ron Godsey have been invited on behalf of Dr. Narcisa Polonio, Executive Vice President for Education, Research, and Board Leadership Services, to present at the ACCT Pre-Congress Academy titled “The Board’s Guide to Presidential Contracts.”

6. Approved a $1,400.00 increase in total salaries or hourly wages for full-time administrative and classified staff, effective July 1 and August 1, respectively. Also approved no change to the monthly fringe benefit contribution currently $540.00.

7. Approved the employment of Tiffany Corley as Life Science Instructor, effective August 1, 2013, and Lory West as Computer Applications Instructor, effective August 1, 2013. Accepted a letter of resignation from Julie Grant, BCIT Department Secretary effective June 24, 2013, and Dereck Chilcott, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Kirke Dale Dorm Manager,  effective July 31.

8. Previewed the Operating Revenue & Expenditures Budget for 2013-2014 as presented by Tony Crouch, Executive Vice President of Business Services. The final budget will be adopted at the August 12, 2013, Board of Trustees’ meeting.

9. Heard a construction update from Tony Crouch pertaining to projects underway. For the South Ark City area, Gator Demolition continues with demolition on the second project. Stanfield Roofing expects to complete work on the Walker Technology Building by the end of July. Winfield Plumbing and Heating is nearing completion of the replacement of the HVAC system for Docking Dormitory and is scheduled to replace the HVAC unit in the Galle-Johnson Band Room later this summer. Lewis Street Glass Company is scheduled to complete work on Kirke Dale Dormitory by the end of July.

10. Approved Policy 145.00 Pets/Animals and College Facility.

11. Heard a report from Slade Griffiths, Vice President of Academic Affairs, that stated the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site review at Winfield’s Allied Health Center and the Mulvane Center went very well. Griffiths praised the work of Stephani Johns-Hines, Michelle Schoon, and Chris Cannon. An official report from the commission is yet to be received. Griffiths further stated that training at Calmar and Morton Buildings is proceeding, Rubbermaid training is pending, and additional recruiting of Business and Industry Training is occurring.

12. Received a copy of the most current Accountability and Institutional Measures (AIM) from Slade Griffiths.

13. Heard a report from Ben Schears, Vice President of Student Affairs, that indicated Fall enrollment is down. Recruiting efforts include a calling program and saturation mailers across Cowley County, Sumner County, and northern Oklahoma.

14. Read a report from Dave Burroughs, Interim Athletic Director, that stated Cowley College athletics placed ninth out of nearly 400 schools competing in the NATYCAA (National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators). This marks the seventh straight year Cowley has placed in the top 10 of the standings.

15. Clark Williams requested an Executive Session to discuss non-elected personnel for no more than thirty minutes, with no action to follow.