Presidential Search

Kentucky, United States
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Feb 08, 2021
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The Board of Regents of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System invites nominations and applications for the position of President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.


The President oversees a system of 16 individually accredited comprehensive community and technical colleges with over 70 locations serving over 100,000 students annually. KCTCS has an annual operating budget of approximately $908 million and touches the lives of more than 500,000 citizens. KCTCS provides 115 academic programs awarding certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees and plays a vital role in the economic future of Kentucky.  In addition to for-credit offerings, the System provides a variety of initiatives and services that are helping to develop high-skilled workers for today's fast-paced and globally competitive workplace. The KCTCS President serves as an ex-officio voting member of the Foundation Board and provides direction and guidance to the board on its fundraising agenda to support KCTCS.  


KCTCS is governed by a 14-member Board of Regents. Eight members are appointed by the Governor and six are elected members: two members of the teaching faculty are elected by faculty; two members of the nonteaching personnel are elected by nonteaching personnel; and two members of the student body are elected by students.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents seeks a highly experienced, inclusive and visionary leader who will serve the needs of the citizens of Kentucky and serve as an advocate for KCTCS with a continuing focus on the following challenges and opportunities:


  1. Advance the KCTCS mission and work collaboratively with the colleges and all constituents to move forward with the ambitious agenda to become the nation’s premier community college system.
  2. Serve in a key leadership role for the economy of Kentucky, addressing the decrease in state funding while developing new revenue sources by attracting new businesses and industries to the Commonwealth.
  3. Engage the educational attainment in order to increase student success, and completion.
  4. Promote and enhance the System’s commitment to academic excellence and occupational training in order to meet the demand-driven workforce needs throughout Kentucky.
  5. Ensure the proper balance between academic offerings and customized workforce training programs.
  6. Grow educational partnerships to ensure a seamless transition with Kentucky’s secondary education system and 4-year colleges and universities.
  7. Increase communication, fostering collaboration, and unifying systemwide policies while achieving the proper balance of autonomy to the individual colleges.
  8. Continuously engage and partner with business and industry to define workforce needs; and design and provide coursework and training in line with needs across Kentucky.
  9. Update and unify technology infrastructure to support online education.
  10. Develop course delivery structures that respond to changing technological innovation.
  11. Engage college and system leadership to enhance communication between and among the colleges and the System Office.
  12. Work closely with the college presidents to increase college access to centralized resources and shared service opportunities.
  13. Review System structure of staff, faculty staffing, salary structure while supporting professional development programs.
  14. Establish consistent policies across the KCTCS System.
  15. Increase the recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse faculty and staff and the diverse enrollment and support of minority and nontraditional students.
  16. Align with the Council on Postsecondary Education and its Statewide Strategic Agenda.
  17. Work effectively with Legislators.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents is seeking an innovative, visible and accessible leader who possesses an understanding of the complexity of a large State System and a successful track record in the areas listed below.


Student Learning and Success

  1. Focus on teaching and learning and maintaining the standard of providing a quality education at an affordable cost.
  2. Lead systemwide efforts to recruit and retain talented and dedicated faculty.
  3. Ensure that workforce training needs are met and strengthened.
  4. Improve student, completion, retention, and attainment rates.
  5. Knowledgeable about diverse delivery models of learning.


Strategic Leadership and Organizational Planning

  1. Provide exceptional fiscal accountability and have extensive experience managing large, complex budgets.
  2. Possesses an excellent track record with large-scale fundraising initiatives
  3. Supports professional development for faculty and staff.
  4. Have experience providing oversight and prioritizing multiple construction projects and facilities renovations.


Leadership and Advocacy

  1. Be a politically astute leader with a strong voice and extensive experience working with a state governor and federal/state legislators in advocating for the strategic higher priorities.
  2. Have extensive experience working with and for a governing board.
  3. Have a successful track record of developing meaningful community partnerships.
  4. Has a comprehensive understanding of the different needs of urban, suburban and rural communities.



  1. Increase diversity and actively lead efforts to recruit minority administrators, staff, faculty, and students to reflect changing populations.
  2. Advocate specific needs of non-traditional student constituency groups to support student success (ex.: military veterans, students reentering the workforce, single parents, senior citizens and adult education).
  3. Be knowledgeable about achievement, and opportunity gap-closing methodologies.


Necessary Skills

  1. A person of vision and integrity who is compassionate and intelligent.
  2. An effective communicator with outstanding relationship skills.
  3. A respectful and fair-minded individual who values inclusiveness at all levels and has students at the heart of every decision.
  4. Proven effective leadership skills in leading a complex statewide organization.
  5. An individual who can lead decisively and strategically while facing a great amount of uncertainty.
  6. Collaborative leadership style.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. An earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited college or university is preferred, with a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. At least 10 years of senior level administrative experience, preferably at a community college and/or system.
  3. Experience with business and industry and economic development is preferred.
  4. Higher education teaching experience is preferred.


Application Process

Applicants must submit the following for review:

  1. A current vita with cover letter addressing characteristics and qualifications and
  2. A list of five professional references, including names and telephone numbers (both home and business).
  3. A video presentation that addresses the following statement:


As you reflect on the profile, attributes, challenges and opportunities for the next president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, tell us in your video presentation, using 15 minutes or less, why you want to be the next president and what personal and professional background you would bring to connect with and advance the mission and vision of KCTCS.


The target date for applications is Monday, March 1, 2021.  Nominations and applications are accepted until the position is filled.  For additional information about the search, please visit or


Application materials should be submitted to:


For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries, contact Dr. Preston Pulliams, President/CEO, Gold Hill Associates,, (503-704-3425).


KCTCS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and has an affirmative duty to reasonably accommodate otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.