Versailles, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) - Kentucky Community and Technical College System
(KCTCS) President Jay Box today announced Dr. Rhonda Tracy has been named KCTCS chancellor
effective April 16.
Tracy has been in higher education for more than 25 years and has been a college administrator
for the past 15 years. She is currently the senior vice president for Academic Affairs
at West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVUP) and served as interim president
at WVUP from July 2014-January 2015.
Tracy is no stranger to Kentucky. Her career brought her to Midway College in 2004
where she held positions as vice president, dean and professor until 2007. She is
a former associate dean of education at Winthrop University in South Carolina, assistant
vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas, Monticello, and she taught as an assistant
professor of education at Marietta College of Ohio.
I am delighted to return to Kentucky and to join KCTCS, a system that is known nationally
for its innovation, leadership, and vision for higher education, Tracy said. I hope
to build on that impressive framework and look forward to engaging others as we continue
the path forward.
The KCTCS chancellor is the system-level chief academic officer providing leadership,
direction and support for academic affairs, economic/workforce development, institutional
research and effectiveness, distance learning initiatives, professional development
and external collaborative relationships.
Dr. Tracy brings a range of knowledge and experience to the position and has a demonstrated
commitment to higher education, Box said. We are happy to welcome her back to Kentucky
and look forward to the ideas and vision she will bring to our system.
Tracy has written more than 30 professional publications on issues related to education,
literacy and technology and has served as lead investigator and/or grant writer for
more than 20 grants. She served as chair of the Kentucky Association of Independent
Colleges and Universities academic deans. She chaired the West Virginia Community
and Technical College Systemwide Developmental Education Assessment task force and
currently serves as president of the West Virginia Community College Association.
She is married to Clayton Tracy and they have six children.