KCTCS Board of Regents approves raise for faculty, staff

Employees have not received recurring raise in five years

June 13, 2022

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents met June 9 and 10 at Owensboro Community and Technical College. The board discussed and approved a 7 percent raise for employees. 

“This raise is long overdue,” KCTCS Board Chair Lisa Desmarais said. “Our faculty and staff have not had a recurring raise in five years, and it’s been hard to recruit and retain staff. We so appreciate the loyalty our employees have shown, and the passion they have for their students to succeed. The board is very pleased to approve this raise.”

The board also elected a slate of officers that will serve a one-year term beginning July 1. Chair Desmarais was reelected to lead the board. Additionally, James Lee Stevens was reelected as vice chair and Wendy Fletcher was reelected as secretary.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a budget of $962,305,200 for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
  • Approved a capital project for Madisonville Community College’s Glema Mahr Center for the Arts roof replacement and one for equipment upgrades at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
  • Received a preview of President Paul Czarapata’s goals for 2022-23.
  • Heard a presentation from Cathe Dykstra, president/CEO, Family Scholar House, about current engagement with KCTCS colleges and additional opportunities available.
  • Recognized Student Regent Brooke K. Gallagher and Student Regent Alexandrea Shouse for their board service and academic achievements.
  • Approved new mission statements for all 16 colleges.
  • Approved 9,256 academic credential requests between January 8, 2022 – April 8, 2022.  These credentials included:
    • 4,975 certificates
    • 653 diplomas
    • 3,628 associate degrees 

The next meeting of the KCTCS Board of Regents is scheduled for September 15 and 16 at the KCTCS office in Versailles.