Congratulating Dr. Michael B. McCall on the Occasion of His Retirement as President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College Systemby Representative Andy Barr
Posted on 2014-12-08
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 8, 2014
Mr. BARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor, commend, and
congratulate Dr. Michael B. McCall, founding president of the Kentucky
Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), on the event of his
retirement. Dr. McCall has led KCTCS all of the 17 years since its
creation in 1997, and during that time has overseen the coordination of
Kentucky's community colleges, technical institutes, and the University
of Kentucky into an education system that is now the largest provider
of postsecondary education in the Commonwealth.
Dr. McCall, a strong advocate for a robust community college system even before coming to Kentucky, was recruited to KCTCS due to his knowledge, experience, and personal drive to see students succeed. As both an educator and an administrator, he has overseen the physical expansion of KCTCS and a dramatic upgrade in the system's academic quality. Dr. McCall oversaw 45 capital projects totaling approximately $500 million, giving 95 percent of all Kentuckians access to a KCTCS institution within a thirty minute drive. This enhanced presence has helped train the skilled workforce that Kentucky needs in order to compete in the modern economy.
Under Dr. McCall's leadership, enrollment at KCTCS increased by nearly 110 percent, contributing to the education of more than 500,000 Kentuckians. Dr. McCall also established or integrated several specialized programs to provide specialized skills for emergency services and some of Kentucky's signature industries, including emergency medical services, fire and rescue science technology, automotive manufacturing technical training, coal mining, and horseracing. The high-skilled, high-paying jobs in these fields will reinforce the readiness of Kentucky communities to guarantee public safety, grow and develop our local industries, and expand Kentucky's competitive advantage.
Dr. McCall's stewardship of KCTCS has provided the Commonwealth of Kentucky with an academic tradition that will benefit generations to come. I congratulate Dr. McCall on a terrific career improving the lives of my fellow Kentuckians as he enters retirement and wish him all the best for whatever the future may hold.