President McCall

Dr. Michael B. McCallAs founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Dr. Michael B. McCall oversees a system of 16 individually accredited comprehensive community colleges with over 70 locations serving over 97,000 students. KCTCS has an annual operating budget of approximately $929 million, and touches the lives of more than 500,000 citizens.

Under the leadership of President McCall, KCTCS is committed to serving as the major gateway to postsecondary education for all Kentuckians. Since his appointment in December 1998, Dr. McCall has achieved many successes, such as:

  • Merging the 28 community and technical colleges into 16 individually accredited comprehensive community colleges that serve over 97,000 students in credit programs.
  • Since 1998, the KCTCS Board of Regents has ratified or approved more than 700 credit program options that result in certificates, diplomas or associate degrees.
  • Under Dr. McCall’s leadership, KCTCS has become the largest provider of postsecondary education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky representing 48.5% of all undergraduate college students.
  • KCTCS is the largest provider of workforce training in Kentucky serving over 6,000 businesses and training more than 61,000 employees annually.
  • KCTCS is the state's largest provider of online learning, offering more than 77 online credentials.
  • To meet the unmet need of pursuing higher education in an online, anywhere, anyplace, and anytime environment, KCTCS launched Dr. McCall’s virtual learning initiative entitled KCTCS Online that is completely learner-centered and will allow adults to pursue higher education 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Other KCTCS accomplishments include the North American Racing Academy (first college-affiliated horse racing academy in the United States), Kentucky Coal Academy, Kentucky Fire Commission, and the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

Dr. McCall has served for over 40 years in community and technical colleges. He has been recognized for his advanced collaborative partnerships, economic development, innovative use of technology, and the utilization of team-oriented management.

Dr. McCall was the recipient of Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious State Community College Director Award of Distinction.
Dr. McCall received the 2005 National Council for Continuing Education and Training's National Leadership Award – Inside the Field.
The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development honored Dr. McCall with their 2005 International Leadership Award.
Dr. McCall received the prestigious honor from Kentucky Monthly Magazine as the 2004 Kentuckian of the Year.
On June 30, 2006 Dr. McCall completed his tenure as Board Chair of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). This marked the first time a System- level president was elected chair of the AACC board. Under his chairmanship a community college caucus was established.

In addition, Dr. McCall serves on a number of boards and commissions including:

  • Southern Regional Education Board's Commission on Community Colleges;
  • American Association of Community College's 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges;
  • Fulbright Advisory Board;
  • American Association of Community Colleges, Board, Chair (2006);
  • National Science Foundation Blue Ribbon Panel;
  • IDC (Interactive Digital Center) Consortium Honorary Advisory Board;
  • Business Higher Education Forum;
  • United Way of the Bluegrass;
  • Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher's Blue Ribbon Commission;
  • Southern Growth Policies Board;
  • The editorial board of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice;
  • The advisory board of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, National;
  • A member of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Board, Education Advisory Committee

Prior to his appointment as the founding president of KCTCS, Dr. McCall served as President of South Carolina's comprehensive technical college system and provided leadership for South Carolina's economic development training programs.

Earlier in his career, Dr. McCall served as president of Florence Darlington Technical College in Florence, SC, and as president of Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, VA. Dr. McCall was also a dean and a faculty member at community and technical colleges in Virginia.

Dr. McCall received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; his master's in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA; and his doctorate in educational administration from VPI.