WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Cowley College president Dr. Randy Smith was terminated in a special meeting Thursday night.

After several executive sessions, the Cowley College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the termination action.

The board named Cowley College vice president of academic affairs Dr. Michelle Schoon as the interim president until a formal search can be conducted. Schoon has been with the college since 1990.

Dr. Schoon earned her bachelor’s degree in biology education from Bethany College, her master’s degree in curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University, and her doctorate from Southwestern College.

“I have been truly amazed by the words of encouragement and support from both internal and external stakeholders and believe the leadership team, faculty, and staff will continue to do what is necessary to move the institution forward,” said Dr. Schoon. “The concerns of our stakeholders, most definitely our students, matter to us, and we are committed to the Cowley College mission of learning excellence, personal achievement, and community engagement.”