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March 30, 2012

ACTC begins president search

ASHLAND — The national search for a new Ashland Community and Technical College president has started, and the college has a tight timetable if it expects to fill the position by July 1.

Retiring President Gregory D. Adkins will be vacating the office by then and Kentucky’s top community college official said Thursday he wants to have a replacement without having to appoint an interim chief.

“Our goal is by June 29 to have named a selection for president,” said Michael B. McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. McCall came to Ashland to brief faculty, staff and students on the selection process.

Much of the selection process is laid out under Kentucky law. A review committee will whittle down an initial pool of applicants to what McCall called “a manageable size.” Further in-depth vetting narrows the pool still further, down to three or more of the strongest candidates.

From that group ACTC’s board of directors will recommend at least three semifinalists.

Semifinalists will undergo a full day each of interviews, both in Ashland and at the KCTCS office in Versailles.

On-campus interview days will include meetings with faculty, staff and other groups.

The ACTC board recommends one candidate from among three choices provided by McCall, and the final decision is up to McCall.

McCall said it would be a collaborative effort. “I’m not going to hire anybody they don’t want and they’re not going to hire anybody I don’t want.”

In about a week, the ACTC website will include a section where the college will place all public information on the selection process, including biographies of finalists.

A tentative selection timetable shows the review committee beginning to look at applicants by the first of May and be finished with their job by May 21. Semifinalists are to be identified by June 12 and a list of finalists is to be made public by June 15.

McCall wants to make a job offer by the last week of June.

There may be a gap between the offer and when a new president starts work, but McCall said he hopes to avoid an interim appointment. “It could happen but hopefully not.”

Adkins, who has been ACTC president since 2001, announced his retirement in January.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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