Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is an eight 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.
For the Board Handbook, click here.
For the Board and Appointments, click here.
Board members include:
Chairman: JoLynn Foster
Vice-Chairman: Jill Long
Past Chairman: Bob Juden
Voting Delegate to Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees (KACCT): Glennis Zimmerman
Alternate delegate to the Kansas Assoc. of Community College Trustees (KACCT): Gary Wilson
Voting delegate to the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT): Bob Juden
Alternate delegate to the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT): Jill Long
Cowley College Foundation Board Representative JoLynn Foster
Trustee Representative to the Tiger Booster Club Brian Sanderholm
Trustee Representative for Professional Negotiations JoLynn Foster
Trustee Representative designated to open bids received for College purchases Gary Wilson
Trustees serving on Finance Sub-Committee Bob Juden, JoLynn Foster, Jill Long
Trustees serving on Academic Sub-Committee Brian Sanderholm, Glennis Zimmerman,
Clerk of the Board: Tiffany Vollmer
Treasurer of the Board: Dr. Gloria Walker
Legal Counsel for the Board: David Andreas
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.
Jill Long has been a board member since July 2016.
She has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 30 years.
She owns a public accounting firm in Winfield Kansas — JP LONG CPA LLC. Her practice focuses on helping small businesses and the families that own them, set and achieve their goals. Jill was born and raised in Nebraska. Her accounting degree is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Jill is currently the Treasurer of Cumbernauld Village, Sec/Treasurer of Winfield Economic Development and Past President of Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
She has also served as the President of the Winfield Public Library, Treasurer of Winfield Isle of Lights, Inc., Treasurer, Winfield Country Club, and President, Soroptimist of Winfield along with many other worthwhile organizations.
Jill and her husband Jeff, have raised their boys, Wilson and Bennett, in Winfield and are proud to call Cowley County Kansas, their home.
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.
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.
Brian Sanderholm has been a board member since July of 2013. His current term expires in July 2017.
Nancy is excited to join the board and assist them in moving forward with the board vision. Nancy is very interested in seeing that the College meets the needs of all students while remaining fiscally strong.
Nancy is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Kansas Newman College. She received her Masters in Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her District Level Leadership endorsement from Wichita State University.
Nancy worked as a bookkeeper and owned her own clothing business prior to entering education. She spent 23 years working as a teacher, instructional coach, building principal and district curriculum coordinator. She retired in 2015 from USD 465 to join her family-owned company, W. D. Short Oil Co. LLC, in Oxford where she manages their operation.
Nancy and her husband, Phil, along with their son, Andy, have made their home in Winfield since 2001.
Gary Wilson was elected to serve a 4-year term on the Board of Trustees, starting in January 2018.
Gary graduated Arkansas City High School in 1968, then continued his education at Cowley County Community College, graduating in 1970. In 1970, Gary represented Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational Technical School at the Kansas Legislature. After Cowley, Gary worked as a heavy equipment and diesel mechanic and became a certified GM technician. He spent 10 years a reserve Deputy Sherriff before starting the steel fabrication business, Good Time Productions, in 1990 which built products for the worldwide market. Gary worked at Good Time Productions for 22 years.
In addition to his long career, Gary served on the Cowley College Welding Advisory committee for roughly 11 years. He spent 3.5 years on the ACHS school board and served 3 4-year terms as a Cowley County District 2 Commissioner.
Gary and his wife Sharon have been married for 36 years and have one daughter, Stacy, who resides in Kansas City.
Glennis Zimmerman has been a board member since January 2018. She represents Sumner County on the Board of Trustees.
Glennis is a graduate of Ellsworth KS High School, and has a BS from Kansas State University and MSEd and additional hours leading to building and district administrator licensure from Wichita State University. She spent 26 years in public education as a math teacher and administrator, retiring in 2009 from the Winfield KS Public Schools, where she was Assistant Superintendent for Business & Finance.
Current civic involvement includes Sumner County Fair Board member, Wheat Capitol Quilt Society past president, Community Church of South Haven secretary, Happy Hustlers 4-H fiber arts and sewing leader. She also served on the South Haven USD 509 School Board for 8 years. Today Glennis substitute teaches and volunteers as webmaster for South Haven Schools.
Glennis and husband Jay farm north of South Haven. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
Last updated January 2018.