Board of Trustees
Pictured, left to right are Gary Wilson, Nancy Burger, Bob Juden, Jill Long, Brian Sanderholm, Glennis Zimmerman, Ned Graham, Dr. Harold Arnett
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 summarizing the board meetings, highlight discussions and decisions, go to Board Meeting Highlights.
Chairman Gary Wilson
Vice-Chairman Glennis Zimmerman
Voting Delegate to Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees (KACCT) Chris Swan
Alternate delegate to the Kansas Assoc. of Community College Trustees (KACCT) Ned Graham
Voting delegate to the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT) Vacant
Alternate delegate to the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT) Vacant
Trustee Representative for Professional Negotiations Glennis Zimmerman
Trustee Representative designated to open bids received for College purchases Gary Wilson
Trustee Representative to the Cowley College Foundation Association Chris Swan
Trustee Representative to the Tiger Booster Club Brian Sanderholm
Trustees serving on Finance Sub-Committee JoLynn Foster, Chris Swan, Dr. Steve Abrams
Trustees serving on Academic Sub-Committee Brian Sanderholm, Glennis Zimmerman, Dr. Steve Abrams
Trustees serving on Board Policy Sub-Committee Ned Graham, Gary Wilson
Clerk of the Board Tiffany Vollmer
Treasurer of the Board Dr. Dennis Rittle
Legal Counsel for the Board David Andreas
Board Member Bios
Dr. Steve Abrams is a former member of the Board of Education for Unified School District 470 in Arkansas City, KS, he was elected as a member of the Kansas State Board of Education in 1995, representing District 10. He served as chairman for the Kansas State Board of Education from 2005 to 2007. In 2009, he became the Kansas State Senator for District 32. Reelected without Democratic opposition in 2012, by narrowly winning the Republican primary over Miranda Allen by 461 votes, he chose not to run for reelection in 2016.
Abrams was born in and is a resident of Arkansas City, KS. He is married. He has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University and has been a veterinarian since 1978.
Abrams takes over the seat vacated by Nancy Burger. His term will run through January 2024.
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. JoLynn Foster has been a Board member since April 2015. Her current term expires in January 2022.
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 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 January 2022.
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 January 2022.
Chris Swan has been a board member since August of 2020. His current term expires in January 2024.
Born and raised on a family farm in Northern Indiana, he is a graduate of Purdue University and is a veteran of the global aerospace industry. A long-term employee of GE Aviation, Chris has business and technical experience in domestic and global environments. Currently he is the Engineering Director for GE Aviation – Strother.
A strong advocate for skill-based training and STEM programs, he believes that Cowley College is perfectly positioned to educate and train our future generations.
In addition, Chris has served on Industrial Advisory Boards for both Purdue and Western Michigan Universities, providing critical insights and direction into their respective Aviation Technology programs.
An active commercial pilot and licensed airplane mechanic, he has a passion for flying, aircraft restoration, and horseback riding. Chris and his wife have been residents of Cowley County since 2011.
Gary Wilson was elected to serve a 4-year term on the Board of Trustees, starting in January 2018. His current term expires in January 2022.
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. Her current term expires in January 2024. 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 February 16, 2021.