Presidential search

VERSAILLES Three highly-placed community college officials, including one with ties to Ashland Community and Technical College, are on the short list for consideration as ACTC’s new president, according to the college’s governing body.

They include:

·       Dr. Larry Ferguson, vice president and acting chancellor, KCTCS. At ACTC, Ferguson was dean of community, workforce and economic development and later dean of resource development and external affairs, and executive director of ACTC’s foundation.

·        Dr. Barbara Hanson, former chancellor, Louisiana Delta Community College.

·       Dr. Tiffany Evans, provost and chief academic officer; interim chief advancement and resource development officer, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

The three were chosen following a search that started in March.

They will visit ACTC for interviews Aug. 2 and 3. They also will meet with faculty, staff, students, the board of directors and local leaders.

The candidates also will appear at the following public forums:

 Hanson — Aug. 2

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – Community forum

10 – 11 a.m. – student/faculty/staff forum

 Ferguson — Aug. 2

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. – Community forum

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – student/faculty/staff forum

 Evans — Aug. 3

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – Community forum

8:45-9:45 a.m. – student/faculty/staff forum

 Community forums and student/faculty/staff forums will be in the J.B. Sowards Theater in the main building on the College Drive campus.

The selection process calls for the ACTC board of directors and KCTCS President Jay Box to choose one of the three by early August, and for the new president to start work Oct. 1.

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Mike James is The Independent's education reporter. He has covered news in Northeast Kentucky since 1996.