President's Cabinet

Dr. Cynthia Kelley
President

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 as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.  In addition, Dr. Kelley served a variety of leadership positions at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and taught special education in the West Virginia public schools.

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum 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.

Ray Gillaspie
Chief Business Officer

Ray Gillaspie

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 Chief Business Officer.

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

Dr. Jay Parrent
Vice-President, Quality Assurance & Administration

Jay Parrent

Jay Parrent is a native of western Kentucky and has been at Madisonville Community College since 2002. Prior to his appointment as Vice-President of Quality Assurance and Administration, he served as the college's Chief Student Affairs Officer. Prior to that role, he was the registrar at MCC and started his career 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

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

Dr. Scott Cook
Provost

Dr. Scott Cook

Dr. Cook was appointed MCC’s first Provost in 2018. He had previously served as Vice-President for Quality Assurance & Performance Funding at Motlow State Community College. Prior to that role, he was a professor of history and was the college’s SACSCOC liaison and assistant vice-president of academic affairs. Dr. Cook also held prior administrative appointments at Georgia Military College.

  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee State University
  • M.L.S. in Humanities, Fort Hays State University
  • B.S. in Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University
  • A.S. , Motlow State Community College