Planning process to determine what Butler County residents and employers want in higher education for Butler
El Dorado – Butler business, civic and community leaders Travis Griffin of Andover and Linda Jolly of El Dorado will join Eileen Dreiling, Augusta, Chair of Butler Community College’s Board of Trustees, as co-chairs for Butler for Butler, a volunteer task force which will lead a community-based vision and planning process for Butler Community College.
All the Butler for Butler members will be residents and leaders from Butler County who will work together to develop a vision and strategic plan process for determining what Butler County wants and what it will pay for with higher education and workforce training. The plan will incorporate and consider input from students, communities, businesses and residents about what they want and need Butler to be.
Co-Chairs and Task Force members include:
Linda Jolly, El Dorado
Eileen Dreiling, Augusta
Travis Griffin, Andover
Tom Leffler, Augusta
Tiya Tonn, El Dorado
Dave Sundgren, El Dorado
Randal Chickadonz, Rose Hill
Chase Locke, El Dorado
Matt Ward, Augusta
Jessica Rall, El Dorado
Jill Lachenmayr, Andover
Harold Beedles, Rose Hill
Butler Community College President Kim Krull, Ph.D., announced the effort in late September during her address to the Andover City Council saying, “We recognize and believe there’s a bigger, broader conversation about what Butler County citizens want in their higher education system. We understand the higher education landscape is changing and we want to learn how we need to change, innovate, and shift in order to optimally serve our county, service area, and students.”
“This is a plan for Butler by the people of Butler,” said Linda Jolly. “It’s important that we address the future of our college together because we are all part of Butler County and this will affect all of us.”
Butler Community College Chair Eileen Dreiling said that the Trustees and college leadership heard both calls for increased services as well as decreased mill levy during the Listening Tours held over the summer.
“We heard in the listening tours and continue to hear widely different input,” Dreiling said. “This will help us sort through together what people want for the future of the college. It’s about important planning for the future and about real change.”
According to Krull, based on the planning, the college will evaluate programs and services.
“I agreed to serve as a leader of this effort because it’s that important that we take a smart and thoughtful approach,” said Griffin. “I believe strongly that it’s time to really dig in and figure out what we want and how it will affect us. While we’re part of a region, this is about Butler.”
Serving as facilitator for the group is Rod Young, CEO of Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC). Young is a resident of Rose Hill.
“His strategic planning work and experience with this type of visioning made him the perfect choice for this process and we’re pleased he’s willing to help in this important work,” said Krull.
Butler for Butler will begin its work of planning the process in October to ensure all stakeholders are part of the vision discussion with input meetings to follow.