WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri November 15, 2013
Founding President of KCTCS Announces Retirement
After 16 years at the helm, Dr. Michael McCall says he will retire in January 2015 as president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
“I have been privileged to work with a dedicated Board, outstanding cabinet, committed college presidents along with extraordinary faculty and staff,” McCall said. “Together we have built a comprehensive two-year college system that is the envy of the nation. I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished to enhance the educational attainment in the state.
The Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997 created KCTCS by joining the 14 community colleges of the University of Kentucky with the 15 technical schools in the Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet.
McCall’s first challenge was to consolidate the 29 separate schools into 16 comprehensive community and technical colleges.
“Dr. McCall’s achievements as president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are only outweighed by his commitment to improving the quality and access to education for all Kentuckians—despite their age, economic status or geographic location,” said Governor Beshear.
Under his leadership, KCTCS has become the place where higher education begins for many Kentuckians. A press release from the system says nearly half of the state’s postsecondary education students are enrolled in a KCTCS school.
Dr. McCall will stay on as president of KCTCS until a successor is found.