Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay Box has announced the appointment of G. Devin Stephenson, Ed.D. as the next president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).

Stephenson has nearly 40 years of higher education experience and recently served as president/CEO of Three Rivers College of Missouri from 2009-2014. He has previously held a number of leadership positions within the Alabama Community College System including vice president of external affairs and dean of students at Bevill State Community College, CEO of Snead State Community College and dean of students at Walker State Technical College.

Dr. Stephenson has a long history of community college leadership and demonstrated success within a statewide system, said President Box. We are excited to welcome him to Big Sandy and KCTCS.

After consideration of four candidates, the BSCTC Board of Directors unanimously recommended Stephenson for the position. Board Chair Karen Sellers said, We are pleased to recommend Dr. Devin Stephenson as the next president of BSCTC. We would like to commend the presidential search committee for identifying and bringing in four outstanding candidates for our consideration.

Stephenson is a community college graduate. He earned an associate degree in science from Walker Junior College, followed by a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College and both masters and doctoral degrees in the administration of higher education from the University of Alabama.

"The on-campus interview process confirmed my belief that Big Sandy Community and Technical College is an outstanding community of learners focused on meeting the community, workforce, and economic development needs of rural eastern Kentucky. I am enthused about becoming a member of the BSCTC team and working with the faculty, staff, Board, and community to lead the college into a bright and prosperous future.

Stephenson has a wife, Judy, and children, Jon, and JuliAnne.

Stephenson will begin the appointment June 1, 2015.