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November 20, 2012

Crouch appointed interim president at Cowley College


With Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee set to retire on Dec. 31, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Tony Crouch as interim president, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The decision was made during Monday night’s Board meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center. Crouch will serve as interim president until a new president is in place.

"I am thrilled Tony has been appointed interim president of the college," Board Chairman Ron Godsey said. “He has worked here since 1994 and has been the executive vice president of business services since 2000. He is also a member of the administrative team so he is aware of what it takes to run the college. Tony is one of those employees that is always willing to go that extra mile to see the job gets done and I am looking forward to working with him until a new president is on board.”

Along with serving as interim president, Crouch will continue in his role as the school’s executive vice president of business services.

"I am humbled and honored with the confidence the Board has in our administrative team as shown by asking one of us to lead the college through this time of transition," Crouch said. “I know I speak for the entire team when I say we will continue to work our hardest for the college.” In other matters:

  1. Saw Dr. McAtee present a gift to Julie Hinson of Arkansas City for being named November Student of the Month.
  2. Heard from members of Cowley College’s Art Club and Media Club as they shared details of their trip to Chicago. The students were joined by advisors Meg Smith, Mark Flickinger, Mike Fell, and Adam Borth. The students and advisors thanked the Board for approving the trip and spoke of what wonderful team-building the experience provided.
  3. Discussed the KACCT/COP annual meeting, which will be held at Colby Community College on Dec. 7-8.
  4. The Board adopted the intent to change the method of election to a seven-member Board.
  5. Heard an academic update from Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs. Griffiths said the college plans to advertise open positions for department secretaries in the Business, Computer and Information Technology Department and Natural Science and Mathematics Department.
  6. Received an Endowment/Alumni update from Ben Schears, vice president of institutional advancement and student life.
  7. Approved a letter of resignation from Marvis Gaddie as Business Technology Department secretary, effective Dec. 31.
  8. Held a pair of 30-minute executive sessions for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel and consult with legal counsel.
  9. Board member Donna Avery was absent.