KCTCS President Says He Plans To Retire in 2015
The long time president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is making plans to step down from the post.
Dr. Michael B. McCall announced Friday he will retire Jan. 15, 2015 after 16 years leading the System that was created in 1997.
“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 last 15 years as president have truly been the most rewarding of my career. I believe now it is time to complete my tenure and for the System to begin the transition to new leadership.”
A release from KCTCS says McCall will remain as president until a successor is named and in place to ensure a smooth transition between the current and future administrations. During the next month, Board of Regents Chair P.G. Peeples will develop a presidential search process and work with a search firm to develop a plan and timeline for a nationwide search.
“I am truly saddened by President McCall’s announcement to retire. It will be a tremendous loss to both KCTCS and the Commonwealth,” Peeples said. “Because of his leadership, vision and management skills he is leaving the organization in a very strong position, which will allow us to continue on the strategic course of being the nation’s premier community and technical college system.”
During the next year, McCall will continue to work on the 2010-2016 Business Plan for Transforming Kentucky that is designed to increase student success by moving more students through the system’s 16 colleges in less time and for less cost. He also will establish the KCTCS Momentum Scholarship Fund. This new scholarship will assist students in completing a credential that will lead directly to gainful employment in high wage, high demand jobs or enable them to transfer for a four-year institution in less time and with less cost.