Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall
announces the appointment of Jay S. Allen, Ph.D. as the next president of Hopkinsville
Community College (HCC).
Dr. Allen has served as vice president of the Perkinston Campus and George County
Center of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College system since 2011. He has 18
years of experience as a community college administrator.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Allen to HCC and KCTCS, said President McCall. He has
the qualifications, experience and leadership skills to continue the success of HCC.
After consideration of four candidates the HCC Board of Directors unanimously recommended
Dr. Allen for the position. Board Chair Bettie Wallace said, Dr. Allen will be a great
fit for HCC. The selection process was great, we spent two days really studying the
candidates. We look forward to Dr. Allen leading the college and for many good things
in our future."
Dr. Allen is a community college graduate who earned an associate degree from Hinds
Community College and went on to hold the position of Dean of Enrollment Services
at his alma mater. He received his doctorate from the Department of Educational Leadership
at the University of Mississippi, and both a masters degree in counselor education
and student development and a bachelors degree in horticulture from Mississippi State
University. He completed the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy and
the Education Policy Fellowship Program through the Stennis Institute of Government
at Mississippi State University.
"I am honored to have been selected as the fifth President of Hopkinsville Community
College, said Allen. I look forward to providing leadership for such a quality institution.
My family and I are excited about moving to the great Commonwealth of Kentucky and
joining the Hopkinsville community."
Dr. Allen will begin serving as president effective January 1, 2014. Dr. Pat Lake
will continue leading college operations as interim president the rest of the year.