After 52 years of service in education, Maysville Community and Technical College President Ed Story announced Wednesday that he will retire Dec. 31, 2014. Story was named president in May 2008. He is a 32-year employee of the college, having also served as professor of biology, division chair and chief academic officer.
“It has been my privilege and honor to be a part of this great college,” said Story. “I have loved every minute of my time at MCTC, but the last six years as president have truly been the most rewarding of my career. I believe now it is the right time to complete my tenure. My wife Barbara and I look forward to spending more time with our family and grandchildren. It’s time for MCTC to begin the transition to new leadership.”
“Dr. Story has shown great leadership during his tenure as president at Maysville Community and Technical College,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall. “We are currently working with Dr. Story to ensure a seamless transition plan is in place as we move forward in our mission to provide Kentuckians with a quality postsecondary education that is both accessible and affordable.”
Charlie Calvert, chairman of the MCTC Board of Directors said, “Dr. Story’s vision, commitment to the community college mission, and deep caring for the students has been the driving force behind MCTC’s success. His loyalty and dedication to our college is unparalleled. The college clearly would not be where we are today without his leadership and while he will be missed, he has prepared us for continued success in the future.”
Despite tough economic times, Story has guided the college through a period of transformation and growth and spearheaded significant changes in the communities it serves. Under his leadership, MCTC added additional programs including: applied engineering technology, criminal justice, medical laboratory technician, culinary arts and cosmetology – all in cooperation with and the support of local businesses and industries.
Story oversaw the construction of a new science building on the Maysville Campus, including a biology lab named in his honor. The college also constructed a new allied health wing on the Licking Valley Campus in Cynthiana and raised $350,000 in private funds for furniture and equipment.
In partnership with the City of Maysville, MCTC established the Maysville Institute of Culinary Arts, including a student-operated café and bakery, in the historic Cox Building. Just this year, MCTC opened a new location in Mt. Sterling, transforming a 30,000 square-foot facility into a state-of-the-art training center for technical programming and welcoming over 220 students during the first semester. MCTC received national recognition as one of the top 10% community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute in 2011.
Today MCTC has more than 3,500 students enrolled in credit classes per semester and serves more than 15,000 individuals annually through workforce and community development. This year MCTC will graduate its largest class in its 45-year history.
“The greatest blessing of serving as president is the outstanding group of people with whom I have had the privilege to work with over the years: our talented and caring team of faculty, staff and administrators; our students who come to us with the hope for a better future; and the many generous and supportive partners, legislators, businesses and industries, educational institutions, community leaders, donors, and alumni who believe in our mission of giving students access to their future,” said Story.
A graduate of Morehead State University, Story earned a master’s degree from Murray State University, and his doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to coming to Maysville, Story was on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi (1974-1981) and in 1981 was named Science Program Coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Education. Story came to what was then Maysville Community College in 1982 where he served as professor of biology until 2000 before moving into administration as the chief academic officer.
He and his wife Barbara reside in Flemingsburg. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Story will remain as president until a successor is named. During the next month, board chairman Charlie Calvert will work with KCTCS to develop a presidential search process and timeline for a nationwide search.