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March 17, 2015

Four long-time employees to retire from Cowley College


Cowley College’s Board of Trustees was informed that four long-time employees of Cowley College plan to retire prior to the fall 2015 semester. The Board learned of these announcements during the regular monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

Those planning to retire are Terri Hutchinson, Admissions Department secretary; Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs; Connie Donatelli, vocal music director; and Kathy Witte, TRIO program coordinator.

Hutchinson has spent more than 35 years employed at the college.

“I have made awesome “forever relationships” with students and staff that I will truly miss and hold close to my heart,” Hutchinson said. “Cowley College is a great school and it will always have my love and support.”

Griffiths has served various roles at the college since his hiring on September 1, 1996. He thanked interim president Tony Crouch for his efforts at Cowley in his retirement letter.

“You have made a positive difference for many and I am proud to have worked with you and others at Cowley,” Griffiths said. “It has been a fun and wild ride.”

Donatelli began her career at Cowley not long after Griffiths as she started at the school in 1997.

“Cowley College has been my home away from home and the relationships that I have made with faculty, staff, administration, and students will forever be dear in my heart,” Donatelli said. “It has been such a privilege and honor to have had the opportunity to work and teach at Cowley.”

Witte, who has spent nearly 11 years at the school, echoed Donatelli’s sentiments.

“While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will greatly miss working for Cowley and all of my co-workers/friends,” Witte said.

Board Chair Dennis K. Shurtz praised the work done by the four long-time employees of the college.

In other matters:

  1. Approved the recommended $3 credit hour increase in tuition and $1 credit hour increase in fees for all Cowley College classes.
  2. Approved Great Western Dining’s proposed 4 percent increase in rates for the 2015-16 academic year. The increase will cover the price increases from Great Western Dining and the amount of debt reduction payments scheduled for the coming year.
  3. Approved the Student Appeal of Course Grades (263.00) be changed from policy to procedure.
  4. Discussed the Phi Theta Kappa Kansas Regional Convention, which was held March 6-8 in Wichita, KS. Cowley College’s PTK organization took home 16 awards at the banquet and was named a Five Star Level Chapter, which is the top status of achievement at the international organization. The Paragon Award for New Advisors was awarded to Cowley’s Deborah Layton.
  5. Approved the employment of Jonathan Moore as Maintenance Technician, effective March 23; approved the employment of Rachel Schmeidler as Coordinator of Military Services, effective April 6.
  6. Accepted a letter of resignation from Malachi Winters as Lead Paramedic instructor, effective, March 9; accepted a letter of resignation from Tabitha Farley as Coordinator of Student Health Services, effective May 22.
  7. Reviewed the following personnel position that is currently open at the college. The position is Maintenance Technician.
  8. Held three executive sessions totaling one hour relating to non-elected personnel, property acquisition, and to consult with legal counsel.