Board of Trustees
Pictured, left to right, are Brian Sanderholm, Bob Juden, Dennis K. Shurtz, Ned Graham, JoLynn Foster,
Jim Ramirez, Sid Regnier, and Dr. Dennis Rittle.
The Board of Trustees is a seven person corporate body elected by the citizens of Cowley County who assist the president of the college in the management of the institution.
Board meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in the McAtee Dining Center, 206 South 4th Street, Arkansas City, KS. All Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public.
To view the official minutes, press releases that summarize the board meetings and highlight discussions and decisions, go to Board Meeting Highlights.
Board members include:Chairman: Dennis K. Shurtz
Elected to Board April, 2015. Cowley College is of vital importance to Arkansas City and the County to both the students and the financial stability of the area. Interested in aiding the college in growth while maintaining a strong fiscal position.
Graduate of Arkansas city High School and Wichita State University with a degree in Accounting. Past member of AICPA and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accounts. Employed by Parman, Tanner, Soule & Jackson as staff accountant for nine years. Regional Air Carrier Controller for eight years. Employed at G.E. Engine services in Finance and Compliance department for 17 years. Current Community involvement includes Treasurer of Board of South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center, Treasurer of local Habitat for Humanity chapter, Finance Chairman of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and member of Board of Zoning Appeals of Arkansas City. Married to Robert Foster. Have three married daughters, eight grandchildren and one great grandson.
Ned Graham has been a board member since July 2013.
His current term expires in July 2017.
Graham is currently a Sales Associate with Albright Realty in Winfield. He has two sons, one in Wichita and one in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; they each have two sons.
Jim Ramirez has been a board member since July 2011. His current term expires July 2019.
Ramirez feels that the primary roles of the board are to ensure the college provides good leadership from the top level down, represent taxpayers in sound fiscal oversight, remain goal-oriented with a strong passion for growth of the college with a vision quest for meeting tomorrows needs associated with program and services, all while making sure accreditation standards remain a high priority in providing a quality education at an affordable price.
Ramirez has two daughters, three step-daughters, and 11 grandchildren. He is owner of the Alumni Grill & Bar in Arkansas City. Ramirez is a 1977 graduate of South Dakota State University and was elected into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Elected to the Cowley County Community College Board in April 2015.
The main purpose of Cowley College and Vocational Technical School is to provide educational opportunities to students that meet their needs and to work with various communities and businesses and industries to give support to them and help in anyway feasible to provide future employees to meet their needs. Regnier is a former high school and community college teacher and coach. He graduated from a Community College in Nebraska and has a Master’s Degree from Emporia State University, KS. He served 30 years as the business officer at two community colleges and is currently on the Legacy Regional Community Foundation Board. He has three children, nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.Sanderholm
Last updated July 2014.
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