Larry Ferguson


VERSAILLES A former Ashland Community and Technical College dean has been chosen as the college's new president.

Larry Ferguson, currently vice president and acting chancellor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, will take the reins at ACTC in October, according to KCTCS president Jay K. Box.

Box announced the appointment Friday after a two-day cycle of interviews and public forums.

There really is no better person to lead ACTC than Larry Ferguson,” Box said. “He grew up here, he knows the college and he knows this community. He also has extensive leadership experience with KCTCS and has been a college president.”

His roots are in Ashland and his passion is here,” ACTC board chairwoman Ann Perkins said. “From our perspective, he is the total package. He has a wealth of experience, the work ethic and the diplomacy that kind of leadership is going to need to take us down a whole new path.”

Ferguson will have to guide ACTC in an era when dwindling state financial funding has pared budgets to the bone, according to Perkins. “There's not that much to cut and Larry has to pick us up and make us move forward,” she said.

Previously at ACTC Ferguson was dean of community, workforce and economic development and later dean of resource development and external affairs, and also executive director of the college's foundation.

He moved to the KCTCS system office in 2014 as vice chancellor of economic development and workforce solutions and interim vice chancellor of academic affairs.

He also was president for about a year at Bevill State Community College in Alabama before returning to Kentucky.

Having that on his resume was a factor in the decision, Perkins said.

I am extremely honored to serve as president of Ashland Community and Technical College. Boyd County is my home and I'm happy to come back to serve the community and this college that is so special to me,” Ferguson said in a statement sent from KCTCS.

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