KCTCS Announces Selection of Hazard Community and Technical College President

Hazard, Ky. (July 20, 2007) - A senior executive for higher education development with the world's largest privately held software company has been named the new president of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC).

KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced today the selection of Allen Goben, Ed.D, of the SAS Institute to replace former Hazard President Jay Box who was chosen in January to serve as a KCTCS vice-president.

Dr. Goben, a resident of Waukee, Iowa, is one of three finalists who recently interviewed for the position following a national search. His work with the SAS Institute's Education Practice includes oversight of software business development for administrative computing - as well as teaching and research - to improve learning outcomes, institutional effectiveness, financial management and enrollment management.

"Dr. Goben's recent experience in cutting edge computer technologies promises to boost HCTC's potential for virtual and online learning, while his solid background in business education will allow him to administer the college and its campuses with the utmost effectiveness," McCall said. "His impressive array of skills will also support HCTC's ongoing efforts to promote quality learning, community building and economic development."

Prior to his current post, Dr. Goben served as the executive vice president for the AIB College of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. He also has served as the dean of academic affairs and workforce development at Central Arizona Community College in Coolidge, Ariz., and as a counselor in Advanced Technologies for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dr. Goben's background also includes service as a guidance counselor and geography and history teacher.

"It is an honor to join HCTC and the KCTCS team," Dr. Goben said. "It is my intention to lead an inclusive culture of excellence where all ideas are valid and all people are valued. In good collaboration, we will weave the best of the college's strong traditions together with worthy and thoughtful innovations to build a bright future for our students and the communities we serve in our region."

Dr. Goben received his Bachelor of Science degree in history from Iowa State University, a Master's degree in Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, a certificate from the Leadership Institute for a New Century at Iowa State University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration-Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

HCTC is governed by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), which operates 16 colleges on 65 campuses throughout the state. KCTCS is Kentucky's largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training.

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