Butler Community College
TypePublic
Established1927 (1927)[1]
PresidentKimberly Krull [1]
Academic staff
1,200 [1]
Students7,019 (Fall 2021)[2]
Location, ,
United States

37°48′24″N 96°52′59″W / 37.806676°N 96.882984°W / 37.806676; -96.882984Coordinates: 37°48′24″N 96°52′59″W / 37.806676°N 96.882984°W / 37.806676; -96.882984
CampusRural
ColorsPurple and Gold
   
NicknameGrizzlies
Sporting affiliations
NAIAKJCCC
Websitebutlercc.edu

Butler Community College (BCC) is a public community college in El Dorado, Kansas, United States.

Campus

There are a number of branch campuses throughout the area, in Andover, Council Grove, Marion, McConnell, Rose Hill, and a number of distance-learning sites in high schools.

Academics

Butler is the second largest community college in Kansas, with 13,000 students annually across six campus location. Most are commuters.[1] The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs, the National League of Nursing, and the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

History

In 1927, El Dorado Junior College was founded.[1] The college name has evolved over the years: Butler County Junior College, Butler County Community Junior College, Butler County Community College (BCCC), then finally to its current name of Butler Community College.[3]

The college briefly came into the national spotlight in the late 2000s when one of its students was murdered.

Jackie Vietti was school president from 1995 until her retirement in December 2012. In August 2013, Kimberly Krull became president of the college.[1]

College leaders

During the first 40 years of the college, Butler's leaders were known as the dean. That changed in 1963, as Edwin Walbourn was named President when the school became a community college.

Athletics

Main article: Butler Grizzlies

The school mascot is the grizzly bear, colors are purple (PMS 2627) and gold (PMS 465 or 871), cross country, football, basketball (men and women), track, women's soccer, volleyball, baseball, and softball, as well as a spirit squad.

Butler has won 10 NJCAA national championships, including six in football (1981, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008). Butler also has won national titles in men's basketball (1953), men's cross country (1970, 1995), women's cross country (2002), and softball (2016).

Butler Softball has currently won 88 consecutive games, dating back to March 3, 2016 when the Grizzlies beat Barton Community College 9-1.[4] This includes the 2016 NJCAA Div. I National Championship.[5]

The softball team finished third nationally in 2013 after being ranked No. 1 nationally for much of the season. That team won a program-record 54 games (54-4).

The Grizzlies finished third in the 2008 NATYCAA standings, which award points to each sports team based on their finish at national competition. It is Butler's highest finish in the NATYCAA standings.

Women's soccer has been among the final four twice as they reached the national semifinals in 2013 and 2015 and has been to the national tournament in Melbourne, Fla. six straight years (2011-2016).

The baseball team finished third in the 1994 NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

The women's basketball team was selected as an at-large team for the 2014 NJCAA Division I national tournament held in Salina. The Grizzlies won two games and reached round of eight before being beaten by Chipola (Fla.). The Grizzlies were 34-3 that season, a school-record for wins.

Troy Morrell was the head football coach from 2000-2014. He compiled a record of 154-22 in 15 seasons and won three national titles (2003, 2007, 2008) in that span. Morrell has since been inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame as well as the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Former Defensive Coordinator, Tim Schaffner was named head coach in 2015 after Morrell's resignation and led the team to the 2015 Jayhawk Conference championship.[6][7][8]

Notable people

Notable faculty
Notable alumni

For Former Grizzly athletes, see Butler Grizzlies § Notable alumni.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Butler Community College - College Information - Quick Facts". June 30, 2014. Archived from the original on June 30, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "BOARD OF REGENTS ANNOUNCES 2021 FALL SEMESTER ENROLLMENT" (PDF). September 30, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  3. ^ "Butler Community College, Butler Libraries : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". archive.org. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Butler splits doubleheader at Barton to start conference play - Butler Grizzlies". butlergrizzlies.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Three-run fifth propels Butler to first DI championship". May 21, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Mccaskey, Kyle. "Former Butler coach Morrell to enter Hall of Fame". The Hutchinson News. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "Tim Schaffner named new Butler football head coach - Butler Grizzlies". www.butlergrizzlies.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Morrell to resign; Braet named interim head coach - Butler Grizzlies". www.butlergrizzlies.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Giffin, John. "EHS alum Rep. Roger Marshall talks issues with students at Futures Fair". Retrieved October 22, 2018.