Cowley College President Dennis Rittle and Bob Juden, chairman of the Cowley College Board of Trustees, joined Marjorie Short and Nancy Short-Burger on Dec. 21, 2016, for the signing of a deeded property worth $1.76 million from the Short family to the college.

The donated land will be used for the future construction of Cowley College’s Sumner County campus in Wellington.

Cowley College officials, Short family conduct deed signing

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Rittle views this as not only a wonderful opportunity for area students, but also the City of Wellington and other communities in the county.

“It is through these types of visionary partnerships that communities will flourish, economic development will become commonplace, and further acts of charity will become contagious as a foundation to build a legacy of learner and workforce success has been laid through a tremendous act of generosity,” Rittle said.

“Thank you, Short family.”

Marjorie Short, the wife of the late Bill Short, is the owner of Short Land Company LLC and the donor of 18 acres of property just east of Walmart, along U.S. 160. In honor of the donation, the family received naming rights and announced the naming of the first building as the Short General Education Center.

The center will house general education coursework, as well as student support services staff.

Marjorie Short said signing over the deed to the land to Cowley College was the experience of a lifetime.

“Being in a position to give a gift of this magnitude was something I never dreamed of being able to do,” she said. “I am very happy to see the land being used for education and look forward to seeing how it will improve our county.”

In addition to the 18 acres Marjorie Short bequeathed to Cowley College, the college will be given a future opportunity to purchase up to an additional 10 acres of adjacent property at a fixed cost.

“What a great deal the Short family has done for their community,” Juden said. “They have given of themselves so their community can grow.”

Short-Burger, daughter of Marjorie and the late Bill Short, said signing over the deed to the land was a humbling experience.

“The gratitude of Mr. Juden, Dr. Rittle and Dr. (Gloria) Walker made the experience ever more fulfilling,” Short-Burger said. “I know under their leadership that the college will flourish.”

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This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.