Our Leadership

Dr Judy Rhoads

Dr. Judith Rhoads, President

Madisonville Community College has been under the leadership of Dr. Judith Rhoads since July 1, 1998. During Dr. Rhoads’ tenure, MCC made the transition from the University of Kentucky Community College System to the newly-created Kentucky Community and Technical College System. In 2001, she oversaw the consolidation of Madisonville Community College and Madisonville Technical College. Most recently, she presided over the opening of the Brown Badgett, Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center, a 75,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility to house the college’s Applied Technology programs.

Several other initiatives are hallmarks of Dr. Rhoads’ administration, including: 

  • Implementation of a Quality Enhancement Plan focused on improving critical thinking in MCC graduates. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools called the plan “exemplary”. 
  • Administration of federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, National Science Foundation, and Department of Labor. Also administered three Title III Institutional Strengthening grants. 
  • Partnering with Murray State University to increase the number and quality of bachelor’s degree offerings available to local residents through transfer degree and 2+2 agreements
  • Creation of the School Counts! program, ensuring that high school students who meet certain qualifications are guaranteed tuition to Madisonville Community College. This program was funded in part by the Fulfilling the Promise major gifts campaign.

Dr. Rhoads remains committed to creating new academic programs consistent with community needs, strengthening existing programs, and reaching out to the community and workforce, making MCC the college of choice for area students. She has over thirty years of administrative and faculty leadership with a demonstrated team-building style in higher education in the Community College System of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. With seventeen years of full-time teaching experience and peer-recognized commitment to student centered learning, innovative teaching, and student success. She has a strong commitment to a qualified and diversified faculty and staff and student body.

For over thirty years, Dr. Rhoads has served the community through organizations and business initiatives and has been recognized and selected by local, statewide, and national groups and organizations for leadership which has resulted in a strong network of professional persons and a broader perception and knowledge of higher education.

As President, I invite you to take advantage of our attractive learning environment and supportive staff who are all here to help you obtain a postsecondary credential. We hope you will consider becoming a part of the MCC family.

  • Ed.D. in Human Resource Development, Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. in Counseling/Psychology, Austin Peay State University
  • B.S. in Home Economics, Murray State University

Dr. Deborah Cox
Chief Academic 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

John Peters
Director of Advancement

John Peters

John Peters is responsible for all fund raising and public advocacy activities at MCC. Since December 1990, John has directed two major gifts campaigns – Partners in Progress and Fulfilling the Promise – that raised $6.1 million and $9.5 million respectively. A University of Kentucky Fellow, John is active in many west Kentucky endeavors, serving on the board of the Hopkins and Muhlenberg County Chambers of Commerce, the Hopkins County Education Foundation, and Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Hopkins and Muhlenberg Counties. He is also the college liaison with the Madisonville College Foundation.

  • M.S. in Public Administration, University of Kentucky
  • B.A. in Economics and Political Science, University of Kentucky

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