Otis and Terri Morrow named recipients of Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award

Otis and Terri MorrowHaving brought recognition and pride to the Cowley College community through their achievements in their chosen profession and in their service to the community, Otis and Terri Morrow were recently named recipients of the Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award by the Cowley College Foundation.

Otis Morrow is a native of Arkansas City. He is a 1968 graduate of Cowley College. He went on to earn a double degree from Southwestern College and graduated cum laude in Business Administration and History/Political Science in 1970. He received his Law Degree from Washburn University in 1973 and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame at Southwestern College in 2013.

He served as City Attorney for 30 years and also served as Sr. Vice President and Sr. Trust Officer at the Home national Bank, from January 2005 until his retirement from the bank in February 2013. He continues to practice law and is in his 43rd year of practice.

He has been involved in community and civic affairs for the past 41 years, serving on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce on several different occasions and as President in 1983. He is also a Member of Rotary and has served as past President in 1985, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Otis also received the Community Cornerstone Award in December, 2008 for “serving people and enhancing the quality of life in Cowley County,” and the Community Servant Award in 2015 from the Salvation Army for “doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way.” He is thankful for the opportunity afforded him through his higher education starting with Cowley College.

Terri Morrow worked at Cowley College for 17 plus years in the Foundation Office. She enjoyed leading the Endowment Association in all fundraising and related activities, Alumni Relations, including Class Reunions, establishing the Great Cowley Duck Dash which is still a fun and special way to raise money for scholarships, producing the Tiger Alumni News, and helped organize several banquets and receptions within the College.

She booked several speakers at the college and main-stage cultural arts performances, and worked with different artists to design the college Christmas Card. She also served on several college committees including Administrative Council, Strategic Planning Committee, Marketing Committee, and Cultural Arts Committee.

Terri Morrow helped grow the Foundation funds from $550,000 to more than $3,866,000. In addition the Endowment Association returned $2,000,000 to the college for capital projects.

Over  the years she has been a member of the Rotary Club, serving as past president, the Walnut Valley Beautification Committee, South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center Foundation Committee, Southwestern College Board of Trustees, Legacy Foundation, Arkansas City Community Theatre, Ark City Arts Council, Arkansas City Children’s Theatre, and the Power of the Purse Foundation. She has also served on several committees at First Presbyterian Church.

“Terri and Otis are pillars of the community,” Ben Schears, Cowley College vice president for institutional advancement said. “They have both worked and volunteered to the benefit of the college throughout their years. This award could not go to two more deserving people who love Ark City and love Cowley College.”

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