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December 18, 2012

Dr. McAtee takes part in final Board meeting; Burroughs named interim athletic director


In what was his final Board meeting as president of Cowley College, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee gave a card to the Board of Trustees thanking them for their support over the past 25 ½ years during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center. He also thanked the Board members for their participation at his retirement party held last Thursday.

Also, with Tony Crouch set to assume the role of interim president at Cowley College on Jan. 1, the school was in need of finding a replacement for Crouch as interim athletic director. The announcement was made during the Board meeting that long-time baseball coach Dave Burroughs would step into the role of interim athletic director at the first of the year.

"I am deeply honored Tony (Crouch) has enough confidence in me to ask me to serve as interim athletic director," Burroughs said.

Burroughs is one of the most successful junior college baseball coaches in the nation and is only 17 wins shy of 1,000 for his career. He will continue to lead the baseball team and is set to begin his 26th season as head coach of the Tigers.

Burroughs has led the Tiger baseball team to 14 Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division titles in the past 18 seasons, and six trips to the Junior College World Series in the past 16 seasons. He was named the Jayhawk East coach of the Year in 2011 and has been named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year four of the last six seasons.

He will lead a Cowley College athletic department that is well respected throughout the country. Cowley athletics have placed in the top-10 of the Director’s Cup standings in each of the past six years.

In other matters:

  1. Scot Loyd and Christina Hen of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC provided the Board with an audit report. The Board unanimously approved the audit report as presented.
  2. Tony Crouch, Slade Griffiths, Charles McKown and Ben Schears provided information to the Board regarding: Performance Agreement, Institutional Research, Kansas Community College Enrollment & Financial Statistics and IPEDS.
  3. Heard a business services and athletic update from executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch. During his update Crouch mentioned Cowley had three new All-Americans named based on their performance in the fall sports season. The All-Americans are soccer player Ruy Vaz and volleyball athletes Martyna Gluchowicz and Katleyn Slade. In addition to the student honors, Riann Mullis was named the Two-Year Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Crouch also mentioned the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013, which will be inducted on Feb. 9. Inductees will be Kent Murphree, Kim Schuchman, Ron Schuchman, Sam Scott and Ayeshia Smith.
  4. The Board approved making Greg Nichols interim Business, Computer and Information Technology Department Chair without additional compensation. Also approved Slade Griffiths as interim Business and Industry Director without additional compensation.
  5. The Board approved the recommendation to advertise for an opening in the E-Learning area.
  6. The Board approved a letter of resignation from Tony Harris as maintenance technician, effective Nov. 2.
  7. The Board approved the employment of Darrell Quick as maintenance technician, effective Jan. 2; approved the employment of Jeremy Turner as maintenance technician, effective Jan. 2; approved the employment of Thong Inthakone as third shift custodian, effective Jan. 2; approved the employment of Tammy Strange as Natural Science and Mathematics Department Secretary.
  8. The Board approved the purchase of 34 acres of property from the City of Arkansas City located at 1826 S. Summit.
  9. The Board approved the award from the court of condemnation of property of Mr. Larry Stalnaker.
  10. Held a pair of 30-minute executive sessions for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, property acquisition, and consult with legal counsel.
  11. Heard from Albert Bacastow, Jr. and Tony Crouch about the annual KACCT/COP meeting they attended Dec. 7-8 at Colby Community College.
  12. Approved the decision to move the January Board meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:45 p.m. in the McAtee Dining Center.
  13. The Board was informed that David Andreas, legal counsel, published the notice of the Board of Trustee’s intent to change from a Board comprised of six members to one comprised of seven members.
  14. Reviewed Trustees whose terms expire on June 30, 2013. Those are Donna Avery, Albert Bacastow, Jr., and Dennis K. Shurtz. The filing deadline is noon, January 22. The primary, if needed, will be February 26 and the general election will be held on April 2.