KCTCS names new vice chancellor

Shannon Gilkey

VERSAILLES, Ky. — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has named Shannon Gilkey vice chancellor of academics and workforce development.

Gilkey will be supporting the 16 KCTCS colleges in economic development initiatives and workforce development in credit, non-credit and customized training offerings.

KCTCS Chancellor Kris Williams said, “Shannon Gilkey brings a national perspective on higher education—and the development of a skilled workforce—to the chancellor’s office at KCTCS. He’ll bring additional expertise as we work with our education and government partners to develop stronger apprenticeships, dual credit offerings, flexible academic programs and more.”

Gilkey most recently served as the director of Education Strategy Group, where he led efforts across the country to increase postsecondary attainment, working with national higher education organizations and state leaders to increase alignment between K-12, postsecondary and the workforce.

Prior to joining ESG, Gilkey helped lead Kentucky’s P-20 alignment efforts as well as efforts to reshape teacher preparation and developmental education programs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE.) Prior to joining CPE, Gilkey served as a director of undergraduate administration at New York University. He began his career in education as a high school career and technical education teacher in Louisville.

Gilkey earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture science and education from Murray State University. He earned a master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in postsecondary education as well as a master’s degree in international higher education from The University of Oxford.

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