Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced Wednesday the appointment of Dr. Phillip Neal as president of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (formerly Bowling Green Technical College).
Dr. Neal is an experienced leader who has served as the Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) provost since 2008. After consideration of four candidates the SKYCTC Board of Directors unanimously recommended Dr. Neal for the position.
“I am excited the next president of SKYCTC already has a history of leadership with the college,” said Dr. McCall. “I am confident Dr. Neal will continue the success of SKYCTC and this will be a smooth transition.”
Dr. Neal will begin serving as president effective July 1, following the retirement of Dr. Nathan Hodges.
“It is truly an honor that Dr. McCall, the SKYCTC Board of Directors, faculty, staff and students have placed their confidence in me to be the next president of one of the nation's finest community and technical colleges,“ said Dr. Neal. “I appreciate the outpouring of support from community partners and friends across South Central Kentucky and I look forward to a bright future.”
Dr. Neal has 25 years of experience in higher education. His career includes positions at community colleges and universities in Kentucky, Texas and Wyoming in the areas of academics, student affairs, institutional effectiveness and corporate training. Prior to taking the position of SKYCTC provost in 2008, Dr. Neal was a resource development coordinator for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and he was a faculty member and chief student affairs officer for Laramie County Community College in Wyoming from 1995-2006.
Dr. Neal earned a doctoral degree in educational administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin, and completed his master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Neal is co-author of, The Creative Community College: Leading Change Through Innovation, a Community College Press best seller, and he is active with numerous regional, state and national boards and organizations promoting academic success and economic development.