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September 18, 2012

Mike Crow to retire after 32 years at the college


Serving as a valuable employee of Cowley College for the past 32 years, Mike Crow announced his retirement effective December 31, 2012, during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center.

Crow started working at the college in August 1980 as the superintendent of buildings and grounds. He then served as the maintenance supervisor for a number of years as well as the director of buildings and grounds before assuming his current title of manager of preventive maintenance/energy management systems and reporting.

"I have done a little bit of everything during my time at the college," Crow said.

Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee appreciates all that Crow has done for the school over the past 32 years.

"When you lose somebody that has 32 years of experience in taking care of our campus it is a huge loss," McAtee said. “We are sorry to lose him, but wish him all the best in retirement.”

Crow and his wife, Susan, plan to travel more and get down to the house they own on Grand Lake in Oklahoma more often. They also want to spend more time exploring their hobby of genealogy.

"I will certainly miss many things about Cowley and the people I have come to know," Crow said. “Cowley has been a pretty rewarding place to work. I hate to retire, but it is time to pursue other things.”

In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Micah Fry of Arkansas City for being named September Student of the Month. "You are truly an amazing woman and we appreciate you being at Cowley," Dr. McAtee said. “We wish you nothing but the best.”
  2. Scott Layton, Natural Science Department instructor, informed the Board of the progress and things he has accomplished during his sabbatical. “I want to publicly thank the administration, Slade (Griffiths), Tony (Crouch), Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, and the Board for approving the sabbatical.”
  3. Heard from Board member Donna Avery and Dr. McAtee about the KACCT/COP meeting they attended September 7-8 at Butler Community College.
  4. Held four executive sessions totaling one hour and 15 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, property acquisition, and consult with legal counsel.
  5. Approved the acquisition of property at 311 South Third Street in Arkansas City, KS.
  6. Approved the minutes from the previous meeting with the addition made to the administrative reports.
  7. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, informed the Board that the expansion at the school’s Mulvane Center and remodel at the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center are complete. Crouch also informed the Board that an issue with the new roof on Ireland Hall was discovered and Truett Roofing will be removing and reinstalling the roof beginning in the next week or so.
  8. Held first readings for the Family and Medical Leave Act policy and the Academic Code of Conduct policy.
  9. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Sept. 13, full-time equivalency was 3.093, which is up from 3,043 at this time last year.
  10. Accepted a letter of resignation from Pam Crain as Adult Education Programs secretary, effective Sept. 24, 2012.
  11. Approved the employment of Teddy Kennedy as Campus Security and Public Safety Officer, effective Sept. 18, 2012.
  12. Tony Crouch, interim athletic director, informed the Board that so far the Tiger Blitz Drive has raised $62,257 in pledges.