Humanities Department instructor Deborah Layton was named Cowley College’s Endowed Chair during the Aug. 12 in-service in recognition of her positive impact on the college and its students.

Deborah Layton named Endowed Chair

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“I was a little overwhelmed just hearing I was nominated,” Layton said. “It is nice to be recognized for the hard work and dedication.”

Thanks to the generous support of RCB Bank, Layton will receive $2,000.

Joyce McArtor, RCB Bank’s Arkansas City vice president  and retail coordinator, and John Sturd, Arkansas City market president, were on hand to present Layton with the award.

Cowley College President Dennis Rittle said he thought Layton was a worthy selection for the college’s Endowed Chair.

“Cowley College celebrates this great achievement and recognition by Deborah Layton,” Rittle said. “She, along with her colleagues across the college, continuously practice the great Cowley tradition of making students our number-one priority.”

Layton is vice president of the Cowley Education Association, chair of the Composition I Success Team, lead instructor for Composition II and Public Speaking, and co-sponsor of Phi Theta Kappa.

Her work with Phi Theta Kappa has earned her several regional and national awards.

“I enjoy impacting people’s lives in a positive way,” Layton said. “Being able to work with young people and help shape their lives is gratifying.”

Layton’s husband, Scott, who is an instructor in the school’s Natural Sciences Department, was a previous Endowed Chair at the college.

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