In January, the chancellor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will move into the presidency. The KCTCS Board voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Dr. Jay Box as successor to current President Michael McCall.
Dr. Box has more than three decades of experience in community college leadership. He's been chancellor for KCTCS since 2009. Box says his accomplishments include furthering student completion, enhancing transfer policies and dual credit initiatives. The Texas native admits being an insider may bring more scrutiny.
"People know me. They know maybe some of the areas that I'm not strong in, but I think the board's decision shows that they see the strengths that I bring to this position and I think my strengths will help the system be able to move forward," said Box.
Box says he expects the number of Kentucky high school graduates to flatten out or even decline. He anticipates an increase in older non-traditional students entering the KCTCS.
"Those students, more than others, have failed in the education system before and that's why they don't have their high school diploma and so once we can get them to get their GED and enter with us, we think we've got a chance to help that group to be successful," added Box.
Southcentral Kentucky Community College has chosen provost Phillip Neal as their new president. He'll replace the retiring Nathan Hodges on July 1st.
Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall says he's pleased the new president has a history with the school already and he expects a smooth transition. Neal has been provost of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College since 2008.
Kentucky's community and technical colleges around the state will take part in Super Sunday this weekend. Representatives from the schools will visit more than three dozen African-American and Hispanic churches. Following services, an information fair will reach out to prospective students and their parents.
"KCTCS has a strong commitment to diversity and ensuring that every citizen in this state has the educational opportunities that they need to succeed," said Dr. Michael McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. "It's our responsibility to make everyone aware of college, that it is within their reach."