Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Dr. Jay K. Box announced that KCTCS Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Keith Bird will serve as interim president of Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) beginning Oct. 1, 2015. Box also has named Mike Baker administrator in charge until Bird takes steps in.

Dr. Bird will provide strong leadership and stability for the college as we begin the search process for the next president, Box said. I am pleased to welcome him back to our extended KCTCS family of 16 community and technical colleges. I know GCTC and the community will benefit from having him there.

Bird served as the first chancellor of KCTCS and was named chancellor emeritus when he retired in 2009. Most recently he has been serving as Senior Policy Fellow for Workforce and Postsecondary Education at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

During his tenure at KCTCS, Bird led the integration of technical and general education curricula and the significant expansion of services to business and industry. Among his many accomplishments, Bird led the development of the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC), a partnership of 30 community colleges and 34 auto-related plants in 12 states that created a model competency-based, modularized industry-recognized curriculum for auto manufacturing technicians.

Bird oversaw the Office of Policy and Research Analysis, Grants and Contracts, Crisis Management and Homeland Security and the State Fire/Rescue Training Program. He also was instrumental in developing initiatives such as the Kentucky Information Technology Center and the Kentucky Coal Academy.

Prior to coming to KCTCS, Bird served as president at two technical colleges and held higher education leadership positions in New Hampshire and Connecticut.

Over his long career, Bird has been a leader on the national community college stage. Hes served on numerous state and national boards and has more than thirty years of substantive involvement in the accreditation process and evaluation at the regional accreditation and specialized program levels for both secondary and postsecondary institutions.

Hes served on the American Association of Community Colleges Global Education Commission, is a long-term member of Trans-Atlantic Alliance for Technology and Training and a member of the Fulbright advisory board. He is the co-chair of the Data/Metrics Committee for the Aspen Institutes Community College Prize of Excellence.

Birds educational credentials include a bachelors degree in history from Alma College in Alma, Michigan, and a masters degree and doctorate in history from Duke University. He also did pre and post-doctorate work in Germany.