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December 13, 2012

Hundreds turn out to wish Dr. McAtee well in retirement


Honoring the outstanding leadership Dr. Patrick J. McAtee has provided Cowley College with during his McAteemore than 25 years as president, the college’s employees and members of the community turned out to pay their respects during his retirement reception held Thursday afternoon in the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center.

Several of Dr. McAtee’s friends and family spoke at the reception or were featured on a video honoring his legacy. The reception also featured a slide show and a video highlighting Dr. McAtee’s hilarious performances at the school’s Puttin’ on the Hits Lip-Sync contests.

During Dr. McAtee’s years at Cowley, 15 buildings have been constructed and enrollment at the school has more than tripled.

Along with the incredible academic success of Cowley College, Dr. McAtee has also been a part of some tremendous athletic accomplishments and was inducted into the school’s Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Under Dr. McAtee's leadership, Cowley captured the 2011 NJCAA Division II national volleyball championship, as well as two JUCO World Series titles in baseball, two national championships in men’s tennis, and national championships in men and women’s cross country.

Dr. McAtee led the renovation of W.S. Scott Auditorium; the construction of the Tiger Track and Field and Soccer Complex; and the building of the Travis Hafner Training Center.

As evidenced by those in attendance, his leadership and friendship will be dearly missed.