Dr.Rhonda TracyKentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay Box today announced Dr. Rhonda Tracy has been named KCTCS chancellor effective April 16.

Tracy has been in higher education for more than 25 years and has been a college administrator for the past 15 years. She is currently the senior vice president for Academic Affairs at West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVUP) and served as interim president at WVUP from July 2014-January 2015.

Tracy is no stranger to Kentucky. Her career brought her to Midway College in 2004 where she held positions as vice president, dean and professor until 2007. She is a former associate dean of education at Winthrop University in South Carolina, assistant vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas, Monticello, and she taught as an assistant professor of education at Marietta College of Ohio.

I am delighted to return to Kentucky and to join KCTCS, a system that is known nationally for its innovation, leadership, and vision for higher education, Tracy said. I hope to build on that impressive framework and look forward to engaging others as we continue the path forward.

The KCTCS chancellor is the system-level chief academic officer providing leadership, direction and support for academic affairs, economic/workforce development, institutional research and effectiveness, distance learning initiatives, professional development and external collaborative relationships.

Dr. Tracy brings a range of knowledge and experience to the position and has a demonstrated commitment to higher education, Box said. We are happy to welcome her back to Kentucky and look forward to the ideas and vision she will bring to our system.

Tracy has written more than 30 professional publications on issues related to education, literacy and technology and has served as lead investigator and/or grant writer for more than 20 grants. She served as chair of the Kentucky Association of Independent Colleges and Universities academic deans. She chaired the West Virginia Community and Technical College Systemwide Developmental Education Assessment task force and currently serves as president of the West Virginia Community College Association.

She is married to Clayton Tracy and they have six children.