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May 17, 2017


Board views unveiling of phase 1 of the Sumner Campus at Wellington


Representatives from Gordon and Associates Architects provided Cowley College’s Board of Trustees with a phase 1 overview of the Sumner County Campus at Wellington Construction during Monday night’s meeting of the Board.

The location of the Wellington Campus is just east of Walmart along Highway 160.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided a College update. Dr. Rittle said between 2,300 and 2,400 people attended Saturday’s morning and afternoon Commencement exercises. Dr. Rittle also said a recent College survey showed things are moving in the right direction with the reach and the reputation of Cowley College across the region and the country. He thanked the staff, faculty, and administration for the hard work they have done this academic year. He also mentioned that Sumner County web hits on the College’s web site have doubled since the announcement of the new Wellington Campus.

In other matters: 

1. Jessica Lucas, Cowley College Government Liaison, provided the Board with a legislative update. Lucas said one candidate has filed for the Sumner County seat on the Board of Trustees. She also shared information on the school finance plan and upcoming guns on campus debate.
2. Dr. Rittle and Board representative Jill Long will attend the KACCT/COP quarterly meeting June 9-10 hosted by Colby Community College.
3. The Board held first readings on five policies with final approval being sought at the June Board Meeting.
4. The Board approved a contract with APCO Graphics, Inc. to design, fabricate, and install exterior signage for the main campus in Arkansas City to beautify the campus and ease wayfinding.
5. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, informed the Board of request for proposal items.
6. Approved the Delegation of Authority to the president and his designees on construction projects and associated services including costs in order to keep the construction of the buildings/facilities and infrastructure projects moving expeditiously on projects not exceeding $100,000.
7. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, shared academic accomplishments throughout the 2016-17 academic year and discussed the nationally acclaimed On-Course Conference which Cowley College will host in early June.
8. Approved club sponsorship contracts totaling $19,100 for the 2016-17 academic year.
9. Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement, shared information on the upcoming Duck Dash event this Saturday at Spring Hill Farm. She also provided the Board with a marketing update.
10. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, provided the Board with an update on work being done on the Student Information System. He also mentioned several college employees will be attending the Jenzabar Annual Meeting (JAM) May 31-June 3 in National Harbor, MD.
11. Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management, provided the Board with an enrollment and recruitment update. She also discussed personnel changes and location updates.
12. Chris Hollon, executive director of institutional effectiveness, provided the Board with a retention module and Zogotech update.
13. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, provided an update on the dorms and thanked new Student Life Director Landon West for the nine years he served as Director of Housing. O’Toole also thanked Kristi Shaw for her years of service to Student Life and Jim Brown for leading the charge on the Title IX reviews and updates.
14. Jason O’Toole provided an athletic update on behalf of athletic director Shane Larson. O’Toole informed the Board that the Cowley College softball team will open play at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 in Clinton, MS. Women’s tennis recently placed 11th at the national tournament and the men’s tennis team opened play at nationals Monday in Plano, TX. The men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at the national championship meet May 18-20 in Hutchinson. O’Toole also mentioned that 30 kids have already committed to wrestle at Cowley in the fall.
15. Accepted a letter of resignation from Jerry Thor as assistant tennis coach, effective May 4; accepted a letter of resignation from Kimberlee Cook as Humanities faculty, effective May 19; accepted a letter of resignation from Jim Ailey as automotive instructor, effective May 31; accepted a letter of resignation from Marcus Hicks as director of admissions, effective June 1; accepted a letter of resignation from Courtney Gougler as assistant track and field coach, effective June 15; accepted a letter of resignation from Amy Roney as cosmetology instructor, effective July 31.
16. Approved the employment of Samuel Fincher as math instructor, effective August 1; approved the employment of Shelby Huddleston, director of instructional design, effective June 5; approved the employment of Kristina Meseke as accounting specialist, effective June 5; approved the employment of Mandi Hernandez as admissions representative, effective May 16; approved the employment of Jon Tyler as public safety officer, effective May 16.
17. Held a 20-minute executive session for discussion on non-elected personnel, property, and consult with legal counsel.
18. Board members Bob Juden and Jill Long were unable to attend.