Search committee for new KCTCS president announced

Versailles, Ky. – Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents Chair Gail Henson, Ph.D, today announced members of a search committee, which will be tasked with leading a national search and choosing finalists for the next KCTCS president. Finalists will be presented to the full Board of Regents, which will make final selection and appointment. Current president Jay K. Box announced in December he will retire July 1, 2020.

The search committee, which Henson will chair, is made up of internal and external representatives. Members are:

  • Dr. Gail Henson, Committee Chair and KCTCS Board Chair
  • Dr. Vic Adams, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College President
  • Mr. Damon Allen, KCTCS Regent
  • Ms. Jacqueline Coleman, Lt. Gov. & Education & Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary
  • Dr. Paul Czarapata, KCTCS Vice President of Technology Solutions
  • Ms. Lisa Desmarais, KCTCS Regent
  • Ms. Elizabeth Garduno, Jefferson Community and Technical College Student Affairs Staff
  • Ms. Amy Jackson, Community partner and President of German American Bank
  • Mr. Keith Hamilton, Community partner and CEO of LB Manufacturing, LLC
  • Mr. Lee Lingo, KCTCS Foundation Board member, & President of Ky Association of Manufacturers
  • Mr. Barry Martin, Community partner, former KCTCS Regent, and CEO of Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky
  • Mr. P.G. Peeples, Sr., Community partner, former KCTCS Board of Regents Chair, and President/CEO of Lexington-Fayette County Urban League
  • Ms. Jacqi Teehan, KCTCS Student Regent
  • Dr. Aaron Thompson, President of Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Ms. Ashli Watts, Community partner and President of Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Mark Wells, KCTCS Faculty Regent


“Members of the search committee represent all areas of our state, and they are people who care not only about KCTCS, but also about the direction of higher education in Kentucky,” Henson said. “This is a strong committee that will be faced with tough choices, but I believe these are the right people for the job.”

An RFP has been issued for the selection of a national search firm to assist the committee in this process; the firm will be chosen in February. The process to fill the position will take several months, and Box’s successor is likely to be named in fall of 2020.

For more information, visit the KCTCS presidential search website.