Our Leadership

Dr. Cynthia Kelley

Dr. Cynthia Kelly

Dr. Kelley comes to KCTCS from Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg, Tennessee where she served as vice president of Academic Affairs. She also served in a variety of leadership positions at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and taught special education in the West Virginia public schools.

  • Ed.D. in Curriculm and Instruction, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • M.A. in education of gifted and talented students, West Virginia University
  • B.A. in elementary education, Glenville State College, Glenville, West Virginia.

Dr. Deborah Cox
Chief Academic Affairs Officer

Debbie Cox

Dr. Deborah Cox holds the faculty rank of Professor and serves as the Chief Academic Officer of Madisonville Community College. Dr. Cox began employment at MCC in 1982 and has served the college in numerous leadership positions in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs since. Her teaching discipline is psychology and she served as Division Chair for Social Sciences prior to her appointment as Chief Academic Officer.

  • Ed.D. in Higher Education Policy and Evaluation, University of Kentucky
  • M.A. in Counseling, Eastern Kentucky University
  • B.S. in Psychology, Murray State University

Ray Gillespie
Chief Business Officer

Ray Gillespie

Ray Gillaspie served as Director of Kentucky Tech West—Daviess County Campus in Owensboro, Kentucky for 22 years. In that capacity he was responsible for supervision of all academic programming, vocational/technical training, student support programming, and facilities and budget management. During that same time he served as an adjunct instructor for Murray State University in Vocational Teacher Preparation. He is also a graduate of the College Business Management Institute conducted by the University of Kentucky. Since 2000, he has served as Madisonville’s Dean of Business Affairs.

  • M.S. in Industrial Education, Murray State University

Dr. Jay Parrent
Chief Student Affairs Officer

Jay Parrent

Jay Parrent is a native of western Kentucky and has been at Madisonville Community College since 2002. Prior to his appointment as Chief Student Affairs Officer, he served as registrar both with MCC and at Kentucky Wesleyan College. In 2010 Jay was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education by Governor Steve Beshear.

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Studies, University of Kentucky
  • M.A. Higher Education Administration, University of Louisville
  • M.A. in History, Murray State University
  • B.A. in History, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Chris Woodall
Director of Advancement

Chris Woodall

Chris Woodall came to MCC in 2007 with 15 years of experience in banking, real estate and insurance. He provides leadership and coordination for the College’s development and fundraising initiatives. Chris has been active in numerous community organizations including Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Hopkins County, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, United Way of the Coalfield, Renaissance in Reading, Leadership Hopkins County, Kentucky Youth Advocates, and Madisonville Kiwanis.

  • M.S. in Human Development and Leadership, Murray State University
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Central Florida

Mike Davenport
Director of Workforce Solutions

Mike Davenport

Mike Davenport has been with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Madisonville Community College since the fall of 1977. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1992. He has held the previous positions of Mining Technology Coordinator, Management Development Series Coordinator, and Co-Chairman to the University of Kentucky Community College System Council for two terms. He is now Director of the Community and Economic Development Department and the KCTCS Center for Lean Excellence.

  • M.S. in Engineering Technology, Murray State University
  • B.S. in Environmental Quality/Geography, University of Kentucky

David Schuermer 
Director of Grants, Planning, and Effectiveness

David Schuermer

David Schuermer has served in a number of different capacities since he arrived at MCC in 1980, including Professor of English, Chair of the Division of Humanities, Director of Community Development (which included the Glema Center for the Arts, the Business and Industry Program, the Continuing Education/Community Service Program, and Resource Development Program), Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, SACS Self-Study Chair, SACS Institutional Liaison, and his current position as Director of Grants, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.

  • ABD in English, Southern Illinois University
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia