Cowley College - Board of Trustees Directory
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
Vice-Chairman: Bob Juden
Voting Delegate to Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees (KACCT): Ned Graham
Voting Delegate to the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT ): Brian Sanderholm
Professional Negotiations Board Representative: Jim Ramirez
Board Representative to Open Bids: Sid Regnier
College Endowment Association Board Representative: Dennis K. Shurtz
Trustee Representative to the Tiger Booster Club: JoLynn Foster
Alternate delegate Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT): Bob Juden
Alternate delegate Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT): Bob Juden
Board Appointments include Libby Moore as Clerk of the Board, Dr. Dennis Rittle as interim Treasurer of the Board, and David Andreas as Legal Counsel for the Board..
Dennis K. Shurtz
Dennis K. Shurtz
Dennis K. Shurtz was elected to the board in 2009 and reelected in 2013. His current term expires in July 2017. Shurtz also served as Board Chairman when he was a member of the Board from 1991 to 1999.
Robert "Bob" Juden
Bob Juden has been a board member since July 2013.
His current term expires in July 2017.
Juden brings his previous experience as an educator and Cowley College employee to the board. He feels the primary focus for Cowley is to provide strong educational offerings that allow students to attain their goals. It is also important to stay on a pathway that promotes quality facilities for the classroom and activities.
Juden graduated from Cowley and completed his degree at Southwestern College. His family includes his wife Reatha and two children Tyler and Jacey. He is retired from teaching and coaching in USD 470.
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.
Brian Sanderholm has been a board member since July of 2013. His current term expires in July 2017.
Last updated July 2015.
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