Jay K. Box, Ed.D.
Dr. Jay K. 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.
Dr. Box has a history of leadership within KCTCS, having served as the president of Hazard Community and Technical College from 2002 – 2007, followed by being named KCTCS vice president. In 2009, he was named chancellor and served in that role until being selected president of the System.
Prior to joining KCTCS, Dr. Box served as a vice president at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
He serves on the national board for Rebuilding America’s Middle Class and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board. He is an ex-officio board member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, Dr. Box is a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s National Advisory Group, National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, American Association of Community Colleges Sustainability Education and Economic Task Force, Southern Regional Education Board’s Commission on Career and Technical Education and 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, a master’s degree in education from Texas Tech University and a doctorate in educational administration, higher education/community college specialty from Baylor University.
He is a native of Crane, Texas. His wife, Gayle is a retired educator. They have one son.