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KCTCS board calls for audit, votes to begin search for permanent president 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents voted to ask state Auditor Mike Harmon to begin an examination of the financial operations, internal policies and controls of the system.

This was precipitated by leadership and the board being made aware the System Office had a fund balance that had not been properly classified to the board. The fund balance is nonrecurring funds that typically are used for items such as asset preservation or starting new programs. The System Office and the 16 colleges all have fund balances used for these items.

In addition to the state audit, FORVIS, an accounting firm, will conduct a forensic audit to ensure all KCTCS accounting procedures are industry best practices and to determine what the recommended fund balance should be.

“The overall financial position of KCTCS is strong,” Board Chair James Lee Stevens said. “However, the board wants to ensure the system is following proper procedures and is transparent in the reporting of its finances.”

Additionally, the board decided to begin the search for a permanent president for KCTCS. A national search firm will be hired to assist with the search. The board had planned to hire an interim president, but because that search was unsuccessful, the regents decided to move forward with the search for the fourth president of KCTCS.

The board also received an update about the systemwide analysis conducted by Huron Consulting that began in December 2022. Because the system is now 25 years old, the board and KCTCS leadership determined a study was needed to review a multitude of areas including:

  •   Space utilization assessment
  •   Academic programming optimization
  •   Financials and organization assessment
  •   Compensation and equity
  •   Career framework to define career paths, compensation compared to market and internal equity

“The board is pleased with the progress of the study and thanks the many KCTCS employees and students who are providing information and input to the Huron team,” Stevens said. “Huron is now reviewing all the data they’ve collected and will share some of their findings with us later this spring. The compensation study results will be released in the fall.”

Additionally, the board discussed tuition scenarios for the next academic year and agreed they wanted to hear additional scenarios. The board will vote on tuition at that meeting.

In other business, the board:

  • Discussed budget reserves and received an update on budget scenarios for the next academic year. The board will vote on the budget at the June meeting.
  • Discussed salary increase options for fiscal year 2023-24. Any salary increase also will be voted on at the June meeting.
  • Heard updates on the new Education First Employers program, online learning enrollment and success rates, new programs approved and programs suspended.
  • Approved asset preservation and construction projects at three colleges.
  • Approved 10,492 academic credential requests between October 1, 2022 – January 5, 2023. These credentials include:
    • 7,055 candidates for certificates;
    • 502 candidates for diplomas; and
    • 2,935 candidates for associate degrees.

The quarterly Board of Regents meeting was held at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Newtown Campus. The next meeting is scheduled for June 15 and 16 at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah.

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