Adkins retires as president of ACTCPublished 9:40am Monday, January 30, 2012
ASHLAND, Ky. — Gregory D. Adkins, President of Ashland Community and Technical College has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2012.
He became president at Ashland Community College and CEO of the KCTCS Ashland District that included Ashland Technical College in July 2001.
“Our highly effective board of directors will serve as the basis for the search for the new president,” Adkins said. “The new president should be identified well before June 30, 2012. There should be no need to identify an interim. I plan to be in the office on June 30 to meet with the incoming president. Our current administrative team is very high functioning and will continue to advance our college into the future.”
According to a statement from the school, significant achievement of Adkins’s administration is the overall improvement of a number of programs, while dealing with general revenue loss, which restricted the operating budget. The faculty, staff and administrators all played a significant role in this achievement, Adkins said.
“It is no small feat to be recognized as being among the top 10 percent of community colleges nationally,” Adkins said, referring to the honor that ACTC received last year from the Aspen Institute.
Adkins sought funding and presided over the development of the new campus in East Park.
“The occupancy of the Technology Drive campus in East Park was just in time to accommodate our enrollment growth,” Adkins said.
During is tenure, enrollment grew from 3,436 to nearly 5,000 students. Ashland Community College and the Technical College also merged to become Ashland Community and Technical College.
The new Technology Drive Campus was built, a new cosmetology building at College Drive has just been built and construction is underway on a new child development center.
The Community and Technical College Foundation of Ashland Inc., drew Adkins praise for being in the top third of the 16 KCTCS colleges in fund raising for fulfilling the Promise Campaign, which concluded October 2011. The campaign raised more than $5 million.
The million-dollar Gussler Outstanding Faculty Endowment and the new College Drive campus Child Development Center are examples of the Foundation’s ambitious support of the college, Adkins said.
During Adkins reign, more than 50 diploma, certificate and degree options were added. Also numerous transfer agreements were signed with area college and universities.
Other milestones achieved under Adkins include the establishment of a multiversity Educate the Tristate website in collaboration with high education institutions in the area, receipt of almost $2 million Title III grant in increase student success and development of a framework for an early college high school.