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April 6, 2017


Governor Signs Cowley College Board of Trustee Bill Allowing for Election of One Sumner County Resident to the Board


Governor Sam Brownback signed into law House Bill 2164 on Thursday, April 5, 2017. The bill allows Cowley College to add one trustee position to the board from Sumner County.

“We’re pleased each of our local legislators have supported this initiative from day one, which has culminated in the Governor singing this historic bill,” said Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, president of Cowley College. “Now, we’ll begin our work to inform Sumner County residents about this opportunity.”

For those interested in learning more about the elected position, Dr. Rittle will host a one-hour orientation session to cover expectations for Cowley College Board of Trustees and to respond to frequently asked questions. The orientation will occur on May 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Sumner County Economic Development Office in downtown Wellington.

“Ensuring representation for Sumner County taxpayers was a board priority. We’re pleased this bill was supported by the Governor and look forward to welcoming a Sumner County member to the board next year,” said Bob Juden, chairman of Cowley College’s Board of Trustees.

The filing deadline is June 1, 2017, and the general election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  Winner of the election would take office on Monday, January 8, 2018, for a two-year term. Subsequent terms of the position would be four years in length.

Board of Trustees members must reside in the county they are serving and cannot be related to a full-time employee of the College (i.e. spouse, child, parent, father-in-law, mother-in-law, step-parent, step-child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, brother, sister/brother-in-law, and son/daughter-in-law).