President's Blog

Welcome to Barton 2021-2022

During the 2020-2021 academic year, Barton exhibited outstanding composure and an abundance of grit in meeting the Mission of the College and the many needs of our students and the general public. 

Blog 24 - Board of Trustees Agenda Topics

The Barton Board of Trustees met this past afternoon and reviewed several Agenda topics. Of note, the Trustees were presented with the outcomes of this fall 2020 Pace Survey that sought the feedback of College faculty and staff. 

Blog 23: Looking Ahead

We continue to emerge from the pandemic fall out, far from certain as to what lies ahead the following week. Barton has met remarkable challenges with character and resolve. As we move through the month of October, I wanted to share my joy and relief in that we have strongly maintained learning services and in many instances, heightened our efficiencies in relaying course information to our students and communications with one-another. Yes, challenges remain, but the past eight months have generated a tremendous response that has placed Barton in the best of light.

Blog 22: Welcome to Academic Year 2020-2021

Warm greetings to those that are returning from summer leave and a high-five to those that have endured this summer and navigated our COVID impacts and realities. For the past six months, whether it be personally or professionally, each of us have been required to make adjustments in our lives, and our virus environment has significantly altered our approach to our daily tasks and responsibilities. 

Blog 21: Looking Ahead - COVID-19 Implications

Much has transpired since my last communication of 3/31/20. In terms of maintaining our students, supporting Barton employees, and continuing our enrollment functions and support services, Barton is performing at a high level of efficiency and effectiveness. 

Blog 19 – Miscellaneous

The previously forwarded blog posting identified a number of legislative and State policy initiatives under consideration.  In follow-up to that posting, the provided link identifies multiple initiatives that may impact western Kansas and provides further explanation as to the benefits of the Kansas Promise Act - HB2515.  This past week, the HB was approved by the House and has been sent on to the Senate Chamber.

18th Blog – 2020 Policy Initiatives 

State Government News – 

The Kansas Legislature convened January 16, 2020 for Governor Laura Kelley’s State of the State address. A number of initiatives surfaced for discussion; along with new ones, prior initiatives continue to percolate and receive ongoing evaluation. Governor Kelley unveiled her proposed budget which included several points of emphases:  Medicaid expansion, tax amendments, food sales tax relief, State Highway Fund, Foster Care, Corrections, re-amortizing KPERS, and rural economic growth. 

17th Blog – Diversity

As I sit here on this icy morning I am reminded that February, the month we recognize the history and contributions of African-Americans, is fast approaching, Observance of Black History Month gives us an opportunity  to consider what a profound effect African-American heritage has on American culture. This month long celebration of achievements by African Americans is a time to recognize the central role of blacks in U. S history. Observing Black History Month also allows for self-reflection and an opportunity to consider whether we as a society promote the value of diversity in this nation. Accepting diversity ask us to make a conscious effort to live in an inclusive and equitable manner toward all. 

16th Blog – Looking Ahead

With the onset of spring courses before us, I welcome your return and trust that your holiday leave rejuvenated your spirit and renewed your energy.   

In looking back to fall 2019, there were many internal communications that provided you with a broad array of information and updates concerning topics ranging from student matters to faculty/staff support, Barton administration and governance, and State/Federal funding and policy implications.