VERSAILLES, Ky. (KT) - Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents announced Monday that they are delaying the search for a new president of the system.
Due to the suspension of the search, current President Jay Box, who announced last December that he would step down in July, spoke to board chair Gail Henson and offered to remain in the position through Sept. 30. He will lead the system and ease the transition for interim president Paul Czarapata, who the regents named to the that post last month.
Henson said the board was unanimously supportive and appreciative of the offer.
“In this unprecedented time,” Henson said, “President Box has been working tirelessly to help the colleges, employees and students transition to their new off-campus realities, and it would’ve been very easy to walk away and turn it over to someone else. This is another example of the dedication he’s shown to this system and its students.”
Box has a history of leadership within KCTCS, having served as the president of Hazard Community and Technical College from 2002–2007, when he was named KCTCS vice president. In 2009, he was named chancellor, and served in that role until being selected president of the System in 2014. Prior to joining KCTCS, Box served as a vice president at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
The work to prepare in the search for a permanent successor to Box has been postponed with the goal of posting the job at the end of August and having a new president announced in January 2021.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the state’s largest postsecondary institution with over 127,000 students who attend the system’s 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. It is also Kentucky’s largest provider of workforce training and online education.