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June 16, 2015


Board honors Godsey, Paton for years of service


Tony Crouch, Ron Godsey, Mark PatonServing in various roles on Cowley College’s Board of Trustees Ron Godsey and Mark Paton took part in their final meeting Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.


Godsey had served on the Board since 1995, while Paton had been a Board member since July 2003.


Both men watched the college grow dramatically during their time on the Board, with Cowley adding four dormitories and several new facilities including the Webb-Brown Academic Center and the Travis Hafner Training Center.


Paton, who graduated from Cowley College in 1972, is proud to have spent the past 12 years on the Board.


“The college means so much to me and my family and is a great asset to the community and the county,” Paton said. “I want to see the college succeed and continue to move forward.”


Godsey echoed those sentiments.


“I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Board,” Godsey said. “I met some amazing colleagues across the United States and gained a lot of leadership knowledge.”


Cowley College Board Chair Dennis K. Shurtz presented Godsey and Paton with a gift near the end of Monday night’s meeting in honor of their years of service to the Board.


Shurtz also presented interim president/executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch with a customized limestone rock in recognition of his 20 plus years of service to the college. Crouch plans to retire from the college on June 30.


In other matters:


  1. Matt Stone, Cowley College Director of Security and Public Safety, presented a power point presentation regarding the advantages/disadvantages/possibilities of transitioning to a campus police department. Dan Ward, Arkansas City Police Chief, and James T. “Tim” Bryan, Butler Community College Police Chief, were on hand to answer questions.
  2. Approved the amended 2015-2017 Neighborhood Revitalization Plan with the City of Winfield, KS.
  3. Board member Bob Juden provided a summation of the KACCT/COP Retreat he attended June 12-13 at Barton County Community College. Along with Juden, newly elected Board members JoLynn Foster and Sid Regnier also attended the Retreat as did incoming president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle. “It was very good to have our new Trustees and Dr. Rittle there,” Juden said. “It was also great to communicate with individuals from other colleges.”
  4. The next regular meeting for the Board of Trustees will be the organizational meeting for 2015-2016. Shurtz and Juden will serve as the nominating committee to present a report and recommendation at the regular July Board meeting.
  5. Discussed the 46th annual Community College Leadership Congress that will be held Oct. 14-17 in San Diego, CA.
  6. Approved the following policies: Check Out Procedures (273.00); Cowley College Student Senate (406.00); Student Organizations (407.00); Compensation for Sponsors of Organizations (248.00); Pets/Animals and College Facility (145.00).
  7. Viewed a copy of the preliminary budget.
  8. Crouch informed the Board that Cowley College now has approval to teach online classes in all 50 states and three territories. “Hats off to Stephani Johns-Hines and Paula Phelps. They have worked their tails off and done an incredible job to make that happen,” Crouch said.
  9. Janice Stover, interim vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board of the college’s four new Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Agreements for the 2015-2016 academic year and the rewritten new agreements with existing school districts.
  10. In the athletic report, Crouch shared with the Board that Cowley College baseball player Garrett Benge was recently named the NJCAA Division I Player of the Year.
  11. Shurtz praised the work done by the college’s maintenance and grounds crew. “The campus looks immaculate,” Shurtz said.
  12. Accepted a letter of resignation from Lori Barnes as admissions representative; Tiffany Naccarato as Certified Nursing Coordinator; Krys O’Brien as admissions representative; Mitchell Wright as admissions representative; Taylor Hatfield as assistant softball coach; and Thong Inthahone as custodian.
  13. Accepted a letter of retirement from Cathy Hendricks as Social Science instructor, effective May 31, 2015.
  14. Approved the employment of William Bruce Ballinger as custodian, effective June 17; Kiersten Howell as Department Secretary-Registrar’s Office, effective June 18; Tommy Scott as Security & Public Safety Officer, effective June 29; Lori Broyles as Department Secretary-Admissions Office, effective July 1; Mandi Hernandez as Department Secretary-Student Support Services TRIO Program, effective July 20; Marcia Weiland as Director of Vocal Music, effective August 1; and Elizabeth Lanier as admissions representative, effective July 1.
  15. The following personnel positions are currently open: Faculty-3D Art; Faculty-Social Science (Psychology and Sociology); Faculty-Life Science; Advisor-Student Support Services TRIO Program; Vice President of Academic Affairs; Health Services Coordinator; Student Accessibility Coordinator; Vice President of Finance and Administration; assistant volleyball coach; Admissions Representative-Arkansas City (two open positions); Certified Nursing Coordinator; and Faculty-Social Science (Anthropology, History, etc.)
  16. Held a 30-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to professional negotiations, property acquisition, non-elected personnel, and to consult with legal counsel.
  17. Board member Jim Ramirez was absent.