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April 24, 2014

Reception held to honor Crouch as Community Cornerstone Award recipient


awardWith his family, friends, and co-workers in attendance, Cowley College interim president/executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch was honored as CornerBank’s Community Cornerstone Award recipient in Arkansas City for April during a reception held in the CornerBank Community Room on Thursday.

The Community Cornerstone Award recognizes the time and effort of volunteers dedicated to serving people and enhancing the quality of life in Cowley County. In recognition of his service, CornerBank will contribute $100 to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cowley County.

Crouch was humbled to see the CornerBank Community Room filled with so many well-wishers, including his wife, Vicki, and parents, Allen J. and Thelma Crouch.

“If I deserve this it comes from the way I was raised,” Crouch said. “It’s all these great people I am surrounded by that make everything work.”

Crouch is a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Alva, OK and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Management. He has been a member of the Arkansas City community since he joined Cowley County Community College in August of 1994.

Over the past nearly 20 years, he has served as Director of Financial Records, and is currently the Executive Vice President of Business Services and Interim President, his second time to fill this role. Crouch has also previously served as Interim Athletic Director.

During his time at the college, he has been involved with the construction of several facilities, including Kimmell Dorm, Webb-Brown Center, Travis Hafner Training Center, the Cowley track complex and The Lodge.

Crouch has been active in the Arkansas City community—serving on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cowley County board since 2010 and is the current board president. He is a past graduate of Leadership Arkansas City and is also a current member of the Cowley College Endowment as well as the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation.

Crouch is actively involved in his church, Central Christian Church of Arkansas City, where he is an Elder, Trustee and Sunday school teacher. He and his wife Vicki have four children and nine grandchildren.

Crouch was selected for the award by the Community Cornerstone Award selection committee, which includes Bob Foster, Arleta Rice, Judy Reedy, Curt Freeland and Brenda Combs. All are previous recipients of this award.