Jay K. Box, Ed.D.
Dr. Jay Box was named the second president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) on November 19, 2014. He is a community college graduate and has more than 30 years of experience in community college leadership.
“I know and love KCTCS,” Dr. Box said. “I am passionate about the mission and am committed to our role in advancing a more educated and trained workforce in Kentucky.” Prior to being named KCTCS president, Dr. Box served as KCTCS chancellor since July 1, 2009. As chancellor he provided system-wide leadership for academic affairs, economic development, workforce training and research policy and analysis.
Dr. Box has a history of leadership with KCTCS having served as the president of Hazard Community and Technical College from 2002 – 2007, followed by being named as KCTCS vice president with the primary responsibility of providing leadership to administrative systems, network operations, distance learning technologies and visualized learning and innovation. Prior to coming to KCTCS he served as a vice president at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
Dr. Box serves on numerous state and national advisory councils/boards including Reinventing America’s Middle Class, Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Kentucky Rising Steering Committee, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, Competency-Based Education Network Steering Committee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s National Advisory Group on Financial Aid, the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Sustainability Education and Economic Development Task Force, the Southern Regional Education Board’s Commission on Career and Technical Education and the Aspen Institute’s Innovation in Higher Education Working Group.
Dr. Box received an associate degree from Howard College, a bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Texas State University in 1976, a master’s degree in education from Texas Tech University in 1985 and a doctorate degree in educational administration, higher education/community college specialty from Baylor University in 1994.
Dr. Box is a native of Crane, Texas. He is married to Gayle Box, senior associate, Strategic Initiatives, for Kentucky Adult Education. They have one son.