Butler Community College
|Butler Community College|
|Motto||Pure Learning Power|
|President||Kimberly Krull |
|Location||El Dorado, Kansas, US
|Colors||Purple and Gold
|Nickname||Grizzly Bears |
In 1927, El Dorado Junior College was founded. The college name has evolved over the years: Butler County Junior College (pronounced Bu Co Ju Co), Butler County Community Junior College, Butler County Community College (BCCC), then finally to its current name of Butler Community College.
Jackie Vietti was school president from 1995 until her retirement in December 2012. In August 2013, Kimberly Krull became president of the college.
Butler is a fairly large community college, with an enrollment of 8,365 (as of 2012), and on-campus dormitories to house 345 students (most are commuters). The school is accredited with the Higher Learning Commission, the North Central Association of Colleges, the National League of Nursing, and the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
The school mascot is the grizzly bear, colors are purple and gold, and sports teams include 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), and women's cross country (2002).
The Grizzlies finished third in the 2008 NATYCAA standings, which award points to each sports team based on their finish at national competition. During the 2007-08 school year, Butler won a national championship in football, finished second nationally in women's cross country and eighth in men's cross country. Both the men's and women's indoor track and field teams finished third nationally and the men's and women's outdoor track and field teams both finished fourth. The women's softball team also finished in the top 10 of the NJCAA World Series for the second consecutive year.
Troy Morrell was the head football coach. He has compiled a record of 154-22 in ten seasons and won three national titles (2003, 2007, 2008). Former Defensive Coordinator, Tim Schaffner was named head coach in 2015 after Morrell's resignment.
- Cara Gorges, beauty pageant contestant
- John Grange, politician
- Dennis Rader, BTK Killer
- Emily Sander, student, model, nationally reported murder victim
- Brent Sommerhauser, artist