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January 22, 2014

Board conducts monthly meeting


With a new athletic director, Shane Larson, set to begin employment at Cowley College in mid-March or early April, the school’s Board of Trustees personally thanked interim athletic director Dave Burroughs for his dedicated work with the athletic department over the past year during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The Board also congratulated Burroughs on his recent selection into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The annual induction banquet will be held Saturday, January 25 at Hillside Christian Church in Wichita, located at 8330 East Douglas.

Burroughs has won 1,028 games and two JUCO World Series titles in 26 seasons as the head baseball coach of the Tigers. He was elected to the Cowley College Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Ben Schears, Cowley College vice president for institutional advancement, presented information on the school’s declining enrollment and how the school plans to address the issue.

Schears discussed the impact the economy, as well as internal process changes, has had on enrollment. He then spoke of the marketing, admissions/recruitment plan, and enrollment and retention plan the school is working on developing to help stop the decline in enrollment.

In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley College president Clark Williams present a gift to Clayton Bringer of Argonia for being named December Student of the Month. “It seems everywhere I go on campus I bump into Clayton,” Williams said. “He has an outgoing personality that is a pleasure to have a conversation with.”
    Bringer said he has received numerous well wishes since the article on his honor     ran in the local newspapers.
    “It has been a joy to go to school here,” Bringer said. “It would be awesome if this was a four-year school.”
  2. Discussed the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon, which will be held at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka on Thursday, Feb. 13.
  3. Reviewed an academic report, which included the most current Accountability and Institutional Measures (AIM) document.
  4. Reviewed updates from Endowment, Enrollment, Housing, Student Life, Campus Nurse, Athletics, and the Student Life Counselor.
  5. President Williams asked the Board to look into the feasibility of hosting a Board Retreat on either March 14-15 or March 28-29.
  6. President Williams discussed the Achieving the Dream conference, he and others from the college plan to attend, Feb. 24-27 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  7. Linda Kreutzer, director of human resources, provided an update on personnel vacancies, resignations, and hirings.
  8. Held four executive sessions totaling one hour and 20 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, professional negotiations, non-elected personnel, and consult with legal counsel.