Two sections of Colby Community College's Living Center North student housing will be formally named at 10 a.m. on August 19 in honor of the institution's first two presidents, Dr. Richard Mosier and Dr. James Tangeman. Both men are scheduled to attend the event, which can also be viewed on the CCC YouTube channel.
"Dr. Mosier and Dr. Tangeman were two of the most influential and formative leaders in the college's history," said President Dr. Seth Carter. "Colby Community College does not exist in our current capacity without their tremendous contributions, foresight, and the initiatives they enacted."
Mosier was the founding president of the college, serving from 1966 to 1972. He was the youngest college president in Kansas at the time. CCC honors his contributions at commencement each year with the presentation of the Mosier Award, which recognizes a student's academic performance and representation of the institution.
Following his time at CCC, Mosier was president of Claremore Junior College—now Rogers State University—for 24 years. In 1996, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame and, upon retiring, was designated president emeritus at Rogers State. He authored Against All Odds, a history of CCC's founding that chronicles the triumphs and struggles.
Starting in 1972, Tangeman took the helm at CCC for 16 years. His tenure at the college is remembered annually with the Tangeman Award for Teaching Excellence, presented to a faculty member who demonstrates dedication and passion for student learning.
After leaving CCC in 1988, he served as president at Garden City Community College until his retirement. The institution showed appreciation for his efforts with the naming of the Tangeman Sports Complex. He has continued to be involved in many activities and organizations at the local and state levels.