The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is close to having a new leader.
The Board of Regents met in special session Tuesday and recommended Dr. Jay Box as the next president.
Dr. Box is the current KCTCS chancellor, a position he’s held since 2009. The Texas native came to Kentucky in 2002 to serve as president of Hazard Community and Technical College. During his time as chancellor, Dr. Box is credited with helping eliminate barriers for community college students transferring to the state’s public universities.
“After an extensive national search we are pleased to have identified a candidate who matches the presidential profile developed in collaboration with our search consultant, search committee, board, faculty, staff and student representatives,” Board of Regents Chairman P.G. Peeples said in a news release. “Dr. Box has played a key role in shaping the learning opportunities KCTCS provides and he has demonstrated strong leadership and dedication to our students, faculty and staff.”
The KCTCS system is referring to Box as the preferred candidate. A forum will be held in Versailles on November 18 for college presidents, faculty, staff, and students to meet Box. The next day, the Board of Regents will review feedback and is expected to approve a final contract for Box.
Dr. Box replaces Dr. Michael McCall as KCTCS president.