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April 3, 2015

Cowley College names Dr. Dennis Rittle new President


Dr. Dennis RittleThe Board of Trustees of Cowley College announced that Dr. Dennis Rittle has been selected as President of Cowley College during a special meeting held Friday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

The Board of Trustees held public forums with three finalists in late January and early February.

Dr. Rittle attended Friday’s special meeting and had an opportunity to speak to those in attendance. He thanked the Board of Trustees, interim President Tony Crouch, and the college’s administrative team for their work during this transition.

“Cowley is unequivocally the perfect fit,” Dr. Rittle said. “The people here value hard work and mutual respect. This is very much a dream job. I look forward to serving as your president for many, many years to come.”

A reception was held at the conclusion of the meeting.

Dr. Rittle currently serves as Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas. Dr. Rittle began serving in higher education in 1995 and earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a major in Human Resource Development from the prestigious School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Regent University. During his service within higher education, Dr. Rittle has served on the staff of the Kansas Board of Regents where he aligned technical curriculum for all public postsecondary institutions across the state of Kansas.

He has also served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas, and as a Technical Advancement Director at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. In addition, Dr. Rittle served as a program director, instructor, and curriculum writer for the Community College of the Air Force and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

His passion for both academic and applied learning is evidenced by 20 years of service in higher education, more than a dozen publications, leadership on local, regional, and national workforce and education boards, numerous professional and community presentations, to include being a guest lecturer in Oxford, UK, and furthering knowledge in the fields of education, leadership, team building, workforce development, and business.

He has been the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards in education, business, and leadership.

Dr. Rittle and his wife, Christy, have been married for 23 years and have two children: Daniel and Childress.

Dr. Rittle will assume the post on July 1, 2015.