AUGUST 4, 2015 -- Former Colby Community College vice president of student affairs Glenn “Skip” Sharp passed away Wednesday at age 76. Sharp served at CCC from 1997 until his  

Former Leader Remembered

Tue Aug 4, 2015 at 05:39 PM

AUGUST 4, 2015 -- Former Colby Community College vice president of student affairs Glenn “Skip” Sharp passed away Wednesday at age 76. Sharp served at CCC from 1997 until his retirement in 2010.

College faculty and staff remember Sharp for his concern for students and positive attitude. Former public information director Debbie Schwanke worked with Sharp during his 13 years at CCC.

 "Skip devoted his life to students,” she said. “He was a dedicated dean of Student Services for many years.  In addition to his commitment to the college, he was always the first person to volunteer for school and community projects.  He had a huge impact on thousands of students."

Prior to accepting the position in Colby, Sharp was a teacher and assistant director at the Northwest Kansas Technical College for 33 years. Overall, his distinguished professional career spanned 50 years in education.

He had a strong knowledge of federal financial aid and served as president of the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He was also on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Board of Directors and Federal Title IV Reauthorization Task Force. He was a life member of the American Career and Technical Education Association, Kansas Career and Technical Education Association and Phi Delta Kappa.  He presented numerous times at state, regional and national conferences on federal financial aid programs for students.

From November 2005 through June 2006, Vice President Sharp increased his responsibilities and served as interim president of CCC following the retirement of Dr. Mikel Ary.

"My wife and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Sherry as well as to Skip's daughters and son,” Ary said.  “He was a valued member of the administrative council while I served at the college.  He made significant contributions and will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague."

At his retirement reception in 2010, Sharp summarized his experiences at CCC: “I love this college and I will miss it dearly.  I appreciate all the opportunities given to me. Go Trojans!”

No public services are planned. The family suggests memorials to Colby Community College in his name for a bench that will be dedicated in the fall.