ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College President Kay Adkins is stepping down at the end of June from the position she has held for five years.
“It has always been my plan to make this my last post,” said Adkins. “I’m originally from western Kentucky and was trying to get closer to home.”
Adkins’ departure is a loss to the college, said board of directors member Ann Perkins. “I’m devastated. Kay has been one of our strongest community leaders and best presidents.”
Adkins brought to the table the ability to manage a college campus under adverse conditions, including repeated years of budget cuts, Perkins said. “She kept us afloat, in the black and strong . . . She’s a very savvy businesswoman-slash-educator. She’s the total package,” she said.
“She’s been a great leader for the institution, a great communicator. It’s a big loss to the college,” said former board chair John Stewart, who was on the board that hired Adkins.
Her management skills kept ACTC among the best of Kentucky’s community colleges, according to Stewart. “There are presidents who are builders but coming along behind you’ve got to have someone who is a good operations person, someone who can manage budgets,” he said.