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Gateway Community & Technical College founding president makes abrupt exit

Chancellor emeritus appointed to interim president

Ed Hughes
Ed Hughes is retiring from Gateway Community & Technical College on Wednesday.

Florence, Ky. – Gateway Community & Technical College founding president Ed Hughes is retiring from his post Wednesday, amid criticism about falling enrollment numbers.

Gateway is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Hughes has been Gateway’s only president since the institution was founded in 2002.

“I am convinced that it is in my personal best interest and that of the college community to accelerate the transition process so that a new executive can be found to carry on the great work of Gateway.  While my remaining time with you as President will be brief, the decision to retire at this time is one that I have been carefully considering.  Those of you who know me well understand that once I complete my analysis and a decision is made, I like to implement it quickly,” Hughes wrote announcing his retirement.

KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box announced that KCTCS Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Keith Bird will serve as interim president at Gateway, beginning Oct. 1.

Bird served as the first chancellor of KCTCS and was named chancellor emeritus when he retired in 2009. Most recently he has been serving as Senior Policy Fellow for Workforce and Postsecondary Education at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to coming to KCTCS, Bird served as president at two technical colleges and held higher education leadership positions in New Hampshire and Connecticut.

“Dr. Bird will provide strong leadership and stability for the college as we begin the search process for the next president,” Box said. “I am pleased to welcome him back to our extended KCTCS family of 16 community and technical colleges. I know GCTC and the community will benefit from having him there.”