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KCTCS chancellor stepping down

Rhonda Tracy
Rhonda Tracy

VERSAILLES, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2018) — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) announced today that Chancellor Rhonda Tracy is stepping down due to family obligations. She began her KCTCS career nearly three years ago.

The KCTCS chancellor is the system’s chief academic officer providing leadership, direction and support for academic affairs, economic/workforce development, institutional research and effectiveness, distance learning initiatives and external collaborative relationships.

While at KCTCS, Tracy achieved a number of her goals, including:

• Led the coordination and alignment process between KCTCS and the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education for multiple technical programs so high school graduates can earn postsecondary education credentials quicker and move directly into the workforce.
• Developed, in partnership with the Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development, a process that allows business and industry to validate technical courses needed for careers in advanced manufacturing, health care, business and IT, construction trades and logistics/transportation.
• Led the process with business and industry for identifying the highest priority essential workplace skills KCTCS graduates need.
• Led KCTCS colleges in implementing a program that allows incoming students to bypass developmental education and enroll in college-level mathematics classes with additional tutorial support. This model saves students money and helps them earn a degree faster.
• Worked with colleges and local school districts to expand dual credit classes that over the last two years led to a doubling of the number of high school students taking college classes.
• Expanded the number of 2 + 2 agreements between Kentucky’s universities and KCTCS to simplify the transfer process for KCTCS graduates, which leads to earning a bachelor’s degree faster and saving students money.

“Dr. Tracy accomplished several important projects that will help our students as well as our business partners,” President Jay K. Box said. “We wish her and her family the best.”

KCTCS Vice President Larry Ferguson will assume the role of acting chancellor while maintaining his other duties overseeing philanthropy, professional development and grants and contracts. KCTCS will begin the search for a new chancellor in fiscal year 2018-19.