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August 15, 2016


Deborah Layton named Endowed Chair


Deborah LaytonRecognized for making a positive impact on Cowley College and its students, Humanities Department instructor Deborah Layton was named the school’s Endowed Chair during Friday’s In-Service.

“I was a little overwhelmed just hearing I was nominated,” Layton said. “It is nice to be recognized for the hard work and dedication.”

Thanks to the generous support of RCB Bank, Layton will receive $2,000.

Joyce McArtor, RCB Bank Ark City Vice President Retail Coordinator, and John Sturd, RCB Bank Ark City Market President, were on hand to present Layton with the award.

Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, Cowley College president, felt Layton was a worthy selection for the college’s Endowed Chair.

“Cowley College celebrates this great achievement and recognition by Deborah Layton,” Dr. Rittle said. “She along with her colleagues across the college continuously practice the great Cowley tradition of making students are number one priority.

Layton is the vice president of the Cowley Education Association, Chair of the Composition I Success Team, lead instructor for Composition II and Public Speaking, and is a co-sponsor of Phi Theta Kappa. Her work with Phi Theta Kappa has earned her several regional and national awards.

“I enjoy impacting people’s lives in a positive way,” Layton said. “Being able to work with young people and help shape their lives is gratifying.”

Layton’s husband, Scott, who is an instructor in the school’s Natural Science Department, was a previous Endowed Chair at the College.
Those pictured are, from left, Joyce McArtor, RCB Bank Ark City Vice President Retail Coordinator; John Sturd, RCB Bank Ark City Market President; Humanities Department instructor Deborah Layton; Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle; and vice president of academic affairs Dr. Harold Arnett.