VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jay K. Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), announced his retirement Friday during the KCTCS Board of Regents meeting. Box will leave the system at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30, 2020.
Box was named the second president of KCTCS on November 19, 2014. He is a community college graduate and has more than 30 years of experience in community college leadership.
“Dr. Box has been a wonderful leader for KCTCS, and he will be missed by the board as well as the faculty and staff,” said KCTCS Board of Regents Chair Gail Henson. “His focus on student success was evident from day one, and he never lost that focus. He has been a transformer for the system, catapulting Kentucky’s community colleges into the national spotlight with his work on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and the Rebuilding America’s Middle Class board.”
During a time when enrollment was flat or shrinking in Kentucky and nationwide, KCTCS set records for credentials awarded and program completion. Under Box’s leadership, Kentucky is now ranked eighth in the nation in credentials awarded by two-year, public colleges; second based on Kentucky’s population.
“In my first speech to faculty and staff, I told them we should be our students’ dream catchers, and I still believe that,” Box said. “It’s our job to inspire them, help them overcome barriers to success and have better lives for themselves and their families.”
The national search for a new KCTCS president will begin right away with the formation of a search committee and the hiring of a search firm. The process will take several months, and Box’s successor is likely to be named in early fall of 2020.