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Dr. Kristin Williams named Henderson Community College President

Photo of HCC President Kristin WilliamsKentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall has selected Dr. Kristin Williams as Henderson Community College (HCC) president. The HCC Board of Directors unanimously recommended Williams for the position after meeting with the candidates yesterday.

Dr. Williams is an excellent choice for HCC. She has extensive experience and a proven record of success within KCTCS, and she will provide the college and community with the leadership necessary to continue to improve the quality of education in the region, Dr. McCall said.

Williams, who has served as the interim president and CEO of Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky since July this year, was one of four finalists resulting from a national search. Previously, she was the chief academic officer for Henderson Community College in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Both colleges are among the 16 KCTCS colleges on 68 campuses throughout the state.

The Board strongly believes that Dr. Williams has the knowledge and skills to move our college to the next level and ensure we accomplish our mission of improving educational opportunities as well as helping to develop economic and business growth within the region, said Cass Wilson, chair of the Henderson Community College Board of Directors.

Williams replaces Dr. Patrick Lake, who is stepping down in December after 25 years as president of the college.

I am truly honored to be chosen as the next president of Henderson Community College. I am excited to be part of the team that will continue to keep HCC, and KCTCS, as the place to go for academic, technical and workforce solutions education, Williams said.

Dr. McCall said, The arrival of Dr. Williams at HCC will be extremely beneficial to both the college and the Henderson community. She is an excellent choice to further improve the economic and business development of the area and to help KCTCS continue its success.

Williams joined Henderson Community College in 2007, where during her tenure she worked with the local chambers of commerce, the regional P-16 Council, the Workforce Investment Board, the Economic Development Council, and others to enhance workforce readiness and secondary education in the region. She also wrote and received a state energy sector partnership grant for more than $1.2 million to train Chemical Engineering AAS students. Previously, she was with Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

HCC is located in Henderson, Kentucky, and has more than 2,200 students in academic, technical and transfer programs with 87 percent of students receiving financial aid. The college provides training for more than 4,000 citizens through its continuing education program. HCC celebrated its 50th birthday with the 2010-2011 academic year.