Kentucky Community College Faculty, Staff Ask President Emeritus to Decline Pay

Upset that retired Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall is taking a $324,000 consulting fee when the system has been running in the red, its professors and staff members are asking him to decline the money. McCall retired Jan. 15 after running the statewide system more than 16 years. Well before that, though, the KCTCS Board of Regents granted him a contract paying him his last base salary to serve one year as president emeritus. McCall would serve as an adviser to his successor, Jay Box, and help build leadership-development programs.

But the system’s Kentucky Faculty/Staff Alliance, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers union, called the deal “fiscally irresponsible.” The system finished each of McCall’s last three years with a financial deficit, and union leaders stress that tuition has been raised and teacher raises have been small.

Incoming KCTCS President’s Contract To Be Finalized In Coming Month

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting recently delved into KCTCS pay and found that, in addition to a base annual salary of $317,962, the retiring president received $117,353 in “deferred compensation,” a $78,509 bonus, a $90,000 housing allowance and a $43,200 car allowance. He is among the highest-paid administrators in the country.

Kentucky’s Community College System Offers Little Accountability In Presidential Search

On Thursday the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that the state community college system had announced a “preferred candidate,” Jay Box, in its search for a new president. The news came out of nowhere. In September, the chairman of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System Board of Trustees, P.G. Peeples, told the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that 40 people had applied for the job. KCTCS refused to share the names of those applicants, but Peeples said that the finalists would “probably” be announced in October. By October end, Peeples said the search committee was hopeful of “wrapping this up” in mid-November.