Cowley College president resigns after 9 months

Cowley College President Clark Williams
Cowley College President Clark Williams

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – After less than a year on the job, Cowley College President Clark Williams has abruptly resigned.

Williams resigned from the college in Arkansas City Thursday amid complaints about his decision to eliminate the college’s soccer programs.

More than 200 people attended a special meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees Wednesday to express concern about the college’s direction. The trustees met in closed session and no action was taken at the meeting.

Williams’ tenure also included the firing of men’s basketball coach Tommy DeSalme, the resignation of veteran administrator Charles McKown and the impending retirement of longtime softball coach Ed Hargrove.

Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services for the college, will serve as interim president, effective Friday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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