Gateway Board of Directors welcomes new members

William Brown

FLORENCE, Ky. — Gateway Community & Technical College Board of Directors welcomed three new members, William Brown, John Hayden and Ruth Howell, during the meeting on Feb. 6.

Brown, Hayden and Howell were appointed by former Governor Bevin. After being sworn in, each new member was introduced and began their service to the board.

“I’m excited about working with our new board members,” said Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Gateway Community & Technical College president. “Our college is poised to do great things as we partner with the community. Mr. Brown, Mr. Hayden and Mrs. Howell will be tremendous assets in this endeavor.”

Brown has retired after 39 years as a life and health consultant specializing in businesses, estate and business continuation planning.

In his professional career, Brown worked as the commissioner for the Department of Professional Licensing, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Dentistry and field representative for the Office of the Governor.

“I’m looking forward to helping Gateway connect with the area workforce, employers and students to continue to make this a growing and vibrant college,” said Brown.

John Hayden

Hayden currently works as a general practice attorney, working primarily in the fields of bankruptcy, domestic relations and civil litigation. Hayden has previously served as City Commissioner for Newport from 2009 – 2016.

“There are a lot of exciting opportunities here at Gateway,” said Hayden. “I’m particularly excited about Gateway’s partnership with our river cities schools, as a former Newport Commissioner I know that a lot of kids from Newport are taking advantage of the program and I’m excited to now be part of it.”

Ruth Howell

Howell is a retired registered nurse. Howell worked at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, St. Elizabeth, and Davita Healthcare.

“I want my family to look forward to a bright future here in Kentucky,” said Howell. “I look forward to serving Gateway with this goal in mind.”

The next meeting of the Gateway Board of Directors is April 30.

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