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KCTCS Appoints President of Ashland Community and Technical College

Jun 27, 2012 - | 10:52 AM -
VERSAILLES, KY  (June 27, 2012) – Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced Tuesday the appointment of Patricia Adkins as president of Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC).              
 
After a comprehensive national search process that engaged the ACTC faculty, staff and community through meetings and presentations with final candidates, the ACTC Board of Directors unanimously recommended Dr. Adkins to Dr. McCall for the position.
 
Dr. Adkins is the current president of Yuba College in California. She will succeed Dr. Greg Adkins who is retiring June 30, 2012. She will begin the position on September 1, 2012.
 
“Dr. Adkins’ extensive experience and proven record of success as president of Yuba College will provide this college and community with the strong leadership needed to fulfill its mission of providing education and training to improve regional economic growth and increase opportunities for all local residents,” said Dr. McCall.
 
Prior to her tenure at Yuba College, Dr. Adkins held positions in higher education in four states including: provost, Columbus State Community College; CEO, EpiCenter Campus, St. Petersburg College; associate vice president of educational and student services, St. Petersburg; director of business and industry training, Moraine Valley Community College; director of grants, Shawnee Community College; director of small business development center, Shawnee Community College; and training specialist, Shawnee Community College. 
 
"I am honored to accept the position as President of Ashland Community and Technical College," said Dr. Kay Adkins. "Yesterday's visit reaffirmed the impression that Barry and I have of the community. The people were honest and welcoming and we look forward to relocating to the tri-state area."
 
Dr. Adkins’ most recent accomplishments include leading the development of both the Yuba College Educational Master Plan (2011-2016) and the first Yuba College Diversity Plan. She is also responsible for leading the implementation for an $80 million facilities bond program, and establishing the Yuba College Foundation.
Dr. Adkins received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Southern Illinois University. She went on to receive her master’s degree in education and vocational studies from Southern Illinois University, and a doctorate in educational administration from Illinois State University.
 
"Our board is pleased to make this announcement," said ACTC Board of Directors chair John Stewart, Jr.  "Each of the four final candidates was very balanced in their qualifications but we agreed that Dr. Adkins was the best fit for the future direction of the college.” 
 
ACTC was founded in 1938 and currently has an enrollment of more than 4,900 students on three campuses. 
 
ACTC is governed by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, which operates 16 colleges on 68 campuses throughout the state. KCTCS is Kentucky’s largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training.