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April 22, 2014


Board makes decision to reinstate soccer programs, DeSalme as head basketball coach

Nearly four weeks after making the decision to drop the men and women’s soccer programs at Cowley College, the school’s Board of Trustees voted to reinstate the soccer programs during the Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

“The administration is fully in support of reinstating the soccer programs and moving forward,” Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch said.

Also, based on the recommendation of athletic director Shane Larson, the Board approved the decision to reinstate Tommy DeSalme as head men’s basketball coach.

DeSalme has served as head coach of the Tigers for the past five seasons and has compiled a record of 106-56 overall and 58-26 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.

Community members John Sturd, Peggy Soule, Kent Booher, Barbara Booher, and Marlana Mills had an opportunity to speak at the meeting.

In other matters:

  1. The Board approved a Special Board meeting to be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. Bartlett and West will be facilitating the Board’s input into the Facilities Master Plan as part of the idea festival happening with students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling one hour and 30 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, professional negotiations and consult with legal counsel.
  3. Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board with an academic update. Griffiths informed the Board that the college’s re-accreditation portfolio is going well and will be submitted in early summer. He also spoke of the previous Kansas Board of Regents’ performance agreement, which was successfully defended on April 1.
  4. The Board was provided with information about several Open House events that will take place at Cowley College Centers in May. An Open House at the school’s Westside and Eastside Centers will be held Thursday, May 1 from 2-8 p.m. While, an Open House at the college’s Mulvane Center and main campus in Arkansas City will take place Wednesday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  5. Tony Crouch, interim president/executive vice president of business services, provided the Board with a listing of vehicles that needed to be declared surplus.
  6. Accepted a letter of resignation from Clark Williams, president, effective April 10, 2014.
  7. Approved the appointment of Tony Crouch as interim president, effective April 10, 2014.
  8. The Board received updates on the following personnel positions that are open at the college: vice president for enrollment management and student affairs; director for theatre; head softball coach; English faculty; math faculty; social science faculty; science faculty; and part-time groundskeeper.
  9. The Board accepted the contract proposal with Blackboard Inc.