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May 4, 2017


Docking to serve as Cowley College Commencement speaker


William R. (Bill) Docking, chairman of Union State Bank in Arkansas City and City Bank & Trust Company, Guymon, OK, will be the featured speaker at Cowley College’s 94th Commencement exercises held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.

Docking previously gave Cowley College’s Commencement address in 1999.

“It is an honor to be invited to give Cowley College’s May 13 Commencement address,” Mr. Docking said. “During the 18 intervening years, the importance of Cowley College to our region’s quality of life has grown exponentially. I look forward to sharing my thoughts, experience and perspective with this year’s graduates and certificate recipients.”

Along with serving as chairman of Union State Bank in Ark City and City Bank & Trust Company in Guymon, OK, Docking is also chairman, president and CEO of Docking Bancshares, Inc., a bank holding company, and is president of Cowley County Broadcasting, Inc., which owns two radio stations. 

An attorney and certified public accountant, Docking has distinguished himself as a businessman, a community leader, and a friend of Cowley College. Although he has three degrees from the University of Kansas, he and his wife Judy and Union State Bank have generously supported Cowley College. Docking’s support of community has led to extensive service throughout Cowley County and Kansas. 

He is a member of Cowley College Foundation’s Board of Directors and a trustee and executive committee member of the Kansas University Endowment Association. He served 10 years as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing board of Kansas’ six state universities. He is a former director of the Kansas Health Foundation and former president of the Kansas Bankers Association.

Docking said well trained and educated citizens are our nation’s best and brightest hope for the future.

“During my 10 years of service on the Kansas Board of Regents, I saw firsthand the power of education to transform lives and open the doors of opportunity,” Docking said.