Day: December 12, 2017

Former trustees question Burger appointment in light of family’s donation

The Cowley College Board of Trustees voted 5-0 on Dec. 11 to appoint Nancy Burger, of Winfield, to fill Sid Regnier’s vacant seat. The seat was empty for 274 days following Regnier’s resignation in March, when the board decided to leave it open until after the November election. Burger was one of two applicants to apply for the position, along with Parkerfield Mayor Michael Bergagnini, who ran in the recent election. Burger is a former principal of Country View Elementary School in Winfield and also served as elementary curriculum director for the Winfield Public School District. She currently is employed as an administrative manager at W.D. Short Oil Company. The company formerly was owned by Burger’s father, the late William D. Short, who died in 2004. Burger’s mother, Marjorie Short, is the owner of Short Land Company LLC and the donor of 18 acres of property just east of Walmart in Wellington, along U.S. 160, that will be the site of the new Sumner County campus. In exchange for the land, the family received naming rights to the first building. The Short General Education Center is set to open in 2018. Burger was present last December when her mother deeded over the property, worth $1.76 million, for the Sumner County campus. “The gratitude of Mr. (Bob) Juden, Dr. (Dennis) Rittle and Dr. (Gloria) Walker made the experience ever more fulfilling,”...

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