Versailles, Ky. Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) President Dr. Jay Box announced today that former KCTCS Vice President Dr. Gwen Joseph will become interim president of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) effective Aug. 15. Joseph retired from KCTCS in December 2011.

The search for a new ECTC president will begin in mid-August with the search process expected to take two to three months. The new president will take the reins in January 2017.

Before her retirement, Joseph served in leadership positions for KCTCS for many years. While with KCTCS, she led and managed numerous system-wide, cross-functional teams whose purpose was to advance the collective success of the 16 KCTCS colleges in addressing student access, success and completion. Joseph's KCTCS portfolio includes change management, leadership and professional development, diversity and employee engagement, strategic planning and human resources. After retiring from KCTCS Joseph refocused her career on interim community college leadership and has stepped in to lead numerous colleges across the nation, including a fall 2015 appointment as interim president at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

"Dr. Joseph's experience at KCTCS and her interim leadership at other community colleges make her the right fit for ECTC," Box said. "As we continue our search process, I feel confident that she will keep the college moving forward on the right course."

A native Texan, Joseph completed her doctorate in educational administration through the University of Texas' Community College Leadership Program. Her leadership skills were further developed through participation in such programs as Leadership Kentucky, Harvard's Institutes for Management and Leadership in Education, the National Institute for Leadership Development and the Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges.

Current ECTC President Thelma White will step down in mid-August.