Bazil Elected As New Cowley College Board Chair

Cowley College Board of Trustees Member Brett Bazil visits the college’s booth at the Cowley County Fair in Winfield July 27, 2022. Bazil was elected as the new chair of the board this month. Those pictured at the booth were, from left, director of IMPACT programs Roxanna James, Trustee member Brett Bazil, and admissions representative Jordyn Rice. (Photo courtesy Cowley College)

Brett Bazil was elected as the new chairman of the Cowley College Board of Trustees at its last meeting Monday.

According to a press release from that board meeting, Bazil has been a board member since January 2022.

Bazil was born in Arkansas City and raised in Winfield. He graduated from Winfield High School and Southwestern College with a BS in Applied Mathematics. He holds a certificate in management from Wichita State University, W. Frank Barton School of Business.

Bazil has worked in the computing field for over 42 years. He was employed with Boeing/Spirit for 31 years before his work was outsourced to IBM in support of Spirit account, where he was employed for 11 years. Bazil is a reserve police officer for the Burden Police Department and a law enforcement tracker with BlueLine Tracking/Cowley Trackers.

He and his wife Ann have been married for 44 years and have two children and four grandchildren. They own a small farm that was part of Ann’s family. His current term will expire in January 2026.

Cowley College president Dr. Randy Smith presented outgoing Board Chair Gary Wilson with a plaque in honor of his work with the Board of Trustees.

“This is probably the finest board I have ever worked with,” Wilson said. “I appreciate the support you have shown to me.”

Other officers elected for the upcoming year: vice chairman, Dr. Steve Abrams; a past Chairperson who shall serve as an advisor to the Chairman of the Board, Gary Wilson; Kansas Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, David Stanley; an alternate delegate to the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, Dr. Alan Marcotte; a trustee representative for professional negotiations, Glennis Zimmerman; a trustee representative to the Cowley College Foundation, Bob McGregor; a trustee representative to the Tiger Booster Club, David Stanley; three trustees to serve on the Finance sub-committee, Dr. Steve Abrams, Bob McGregor, Gary Wilson; three trustees to serve on the Academic sub-committee, Dr. Alan Marcotte, David Stanley, Bob McGregor; three trustees to serve on the Board policy sub-committee, Brett Bazil, Dr. Alan Marcotte, Gary Wilson; and Gary Wilson was named trustee designated to open bids received for college purchases.

Also, on Monday, the Loyd Group, LLC announced it had completed the annual audit of all college funds for the year ended June 30, 2022. In performing the audit, the accountants examined the validity of financial transactions according to generally accepted accounting principles and State law. In addition, they have been instructed to apply the standards established by the policies of the Board of Trustees.

Holly Harper, VP of Finance and Administration, provided the Management Discussion and Analysis (MDA) Christina Henson with Loyd Group, LLC. provided the audit findings. The 2021-2022 Audit may be viewed on the Cowley College website.

“Kudos to Holly Harper and her team,” Henson said. “Everything went smoothly and was well done. We appreciate the help we received.”