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August 9, 2016


New Board of Trustee appointed


Jill Long of Winfield, KS was appointed to serve on the Cowley College Board of Trustees during the monthly Board meeting held Monday, August 8 in the McAtee Dining Center.

David Andreas, Legal Counsel, administered the Oath of Office. Along with Long’s installation she was appointed to serve as a voting delegate to the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT), and serve as one of three Trustees on the Academic Sub-Committee as recommended by the nominating committee consisting of Trustee Dennis K. Shurtz and Board Chair Bob Juden.

Also, during the meeting, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2016-2017 operating budget for the College. The 2016-2017 budget has a projected mill levy of 18.990.

Revenues are based on in-state enrollments, a state operating grant, and an estimated county valuation of 253,892,051. Expenditures are based on anticipated enrollments at each campus and objectives as set forth by the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Team.
The college’s total budget for 2016-2017 is $21,609,947 million.


In other matters:


  1. Dr. Rittle provided the Board with an update on the College. Dr. Rittle thanked the staff, faculty, and colleagues in working diligently to shift to the new Student Information System (SIS) by the end of September. Dr. Rittle also mentioned the start of Fall semester classes on August 16 and the upcoming Dorm Storm event on Saturday, August 13. At the end of his update Dr. Rittle presented past Board Chair Dennis K. Shurtz with a plaque in recognition of his service as Board Chair during the previous two years. The current Board Chair, Bob Juden, praised the work done by Shurtz. “Your leadership has been an inspiration to all of us,” Juden said.
  2. Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented with general operating funds of $565,730.39, and Foundation funds of $2,585.73.
  3. Discussed the Fall Board Retreat that took place on Saturday, August 6.
  4. Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, discussed new personnel including Human Resources coordinator Amy Tharp, director of accounting Suzie Bacon, and Director of Human Resources Jenette Hanna.
  5. Dr. Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that 21 milling technicians were on campus August 1-3 for training in electrical theory and practice with Mechatronics instructor Daniel Higdon. He also mentioned the six new teachers and technical director that have been hired and the work that has been initiated to repair and/or upgrade the sound system in the Robert Brown Theatre. Dr. Arnett also provided the Board with information from the On Course workshop that he and three teachers recently attended near Baltimore, MD.
  6. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, informed the Board that the College has hired CampusWorks to provide another set of expert eyes and hands-on guidance for the next month with the transition to the new Student Information System.
  7. Sarah Bryant, interim vice president of institutional advancement, discussed personnel moves in her department. She also mentioned the development of the Cowley College Foundation website is now complete and is in the review process before going live. Bryant’s last day at the College will be August 19. “I thank Cowley College for the opportunity they have given me during my tenure here.” Board Chair Bob Juden expressed his gratitude to Bryant for the work she did as director of marketing and interim vice president of institutional advancement. “We will miss you. You have done a good job,” Juden said.
  8. Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management, provided the Board with an enrollment update and praised the work of the Admissions and Financial Aid staff.
  9. Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs, spoke of the Dorm Storm events planned for Saturday, August 13. He also detailed the events that Director of Student Life Kristi Shaw has planned for the first week of school. O’Toole also provided a housing update and discussed the recent remodeling of the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center.
  10. Shane Larson, athletic director, shared information from the recent Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference/Region meetings in Pratt. He also informed the Board that August 1 marked the first day of official practice for soccer, cross country, and volleyball. The Blitz Drive, conducted on July 27, is on track to reach its goal of $70,000 in pledges. Larson also discussed the Foster Parent Program at the College. The school has several student-athletes to be matched with Foster Parents. Those interested in serving in the Foster Parent program can contact the Cowley College Athletic Department at 620-441-5268. Also, all Saturday home men’s and women’s basketball games in the 2016-17 season will begin at 2 and 4 p.m. except for the annual Hall of Fame Games on January 7, 2017 which will tip off at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  11. Accepted a letter of resignation from Sarah Bryant as director of marketing, effective August 19. Extended the date of Elizabeth Thummel’s resignation as Foundation Coordinator from August 11 to August 18.
  12. Approved the employment of Dr. Kori Gregg as vice president of institutional advancement, effective August 15; approved the hiring of Jenette Hanna as Director of Human Resources, effective August 9; and approved the employment of Joe Clasen as Lead NDT Instructor, effective August 1.
  13. Approved the 2016-2017 Master Agreement between the Board of Trustees of Cowley College and the Cowley College Education Association.
  14. Approved the presidential evaluation form.
  15. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 20 minutes for preliminary discussion of property, non-elected personnel, and consult with legal counsel.