BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - (6/20/13) – On July 1, 2013, Dr. Nathan Hodges, President of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC), will pass the mantle of leadership to Dr. Phillip Neal. Hodges is retiring after serving as President of the former Bowling Green Technical College since July 2005. Neal was named the future President of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College by Dr. Michael B. McCall, President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and was unanimously recommended by the SKYCTC Board of Directors.
Dr. Phillip Neal currently serves as Provost of SKYCTC, bringing 25 years of experience in higher education. Previously, Dr. Neal led national corporate partnership development for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. His teaching career began at Laramie County Community College where he was a faculty member for 11 years and also served as a chief student affairs administrator. Dr. Neal began in higher education at the University of Wyoming working with gifted and talented high school students and later served in student affairs and athletic counseling roles. With a career spanning community colleges and universities in Kentucky, Texas, and Wyoming, Dr. Neal has provided senior-level leadership in academics, student affairs, institutional effectiveness, and corporate training.
Dr. Neal earned a doctoral degree in educational administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin, and completed his master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Wyoming.
Dr. Neal is passionate about creating institutional cultures promoting student success, community development, and healthy working environments. From P-16 partnerships to economic development, he believes our country’s future rests in the hands of those we educate and those who educate them.
“I appreciate the outpouring of support from community partners and friends across South Central Kentucky, and I look forward to a bright future,” said Neal. “My top priorities are student success, employee development, and community engagement. These three priorities will keep SKYCTC as an effective educational engine driving economic development. Strengthening our region with a world-class workforce and attracting high-wage/high-demand jobs are the mechanisms we will use to improve the quality of life for residents,” he said. “I am committed to collaborating with our community partners to expedite this future.”
“The degree of success we have tomorrow is, in part, due to the foundation Dr. Hodges created during the past eight years,” Neal says. “We are going to propel this institution into a future that we haven’t even imagined yet,” he said.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of SKYCTC, Dr. Nathan Hodges led the College to become a comprehensive community and technical college with six campuses serving more than 16,000 citizens.
“Some of the greatest rewards of my career have been right here,” said Hodges. “We have gone through a transformation the past eight years built on the excellent talent that was here and we were able to bring in additional great talent,” he said. “Leadership is more than a small handful of people telling everyone what to do, it’s trusting and investing in our own people.”
Under the leadership of President Hodges, SKYCTC has been committed to serving as the place where higher education begins for residents of South Central Kentucky.
Since his appointment in July 2005, SKYCTC achieved the following accomplishments:
•Being recognized among the Fastest Growing Colleges in the Nation (#1 in 2008; 28th in 2010; #6 in 2011);
•Attaining the #1 degree completion rate in Kentucky; top 6% nationally;
•Recognized nationally as a best practice in creating “High Expectations” in students (2009);
•Ranking among the top 50 colleges in the nation for the number of one-year certificates awarded (2011);
•Doubled degree-seeking enrollment from 2006 to present (138% growth);
•Led the College in a comprehensive name change process, from Bowling Green Technical College to Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, to better reflect the regional reach of the college and the expanded scope of becoming a comprehensive community and technical college offering transfer (AA/AS) and technical (AAS) degrees, earning accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
Dr. Hodges served for more than 40 years in the field of K-12 and post-secondary education. He served as president of three community colleges in two states prior to coming to Bowling Green, and has also been a public school superintendent prior to becoming a college president.
As Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College bids farewell to Dr. Nathan Hodges, a true friend and leader of the college and community, it looks ahead with anticipation and excitement to a bright future in the very capable hands of Dr. Phillip Neal.
Information provided by Mark Brooks, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
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