The Kentucky Community College and Technical System (KCTCS) has chosen Dr. Larry Ferguson as the vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions.
Ferguson was selected following an extensive national search. He is currently the dean of resource development and external affairs at Ashland Community and Technical College. He begins work in his new role with KCTCS on April 16.
Ferguson has more than 20 years of workforce training experience in both the private sector and higher education. He has been engaged in workforce development for multiple industry sectors including manufacturing, financial services, information technology, and healthcare. Ferguson also has significant experience in economic development at both the local and state levels.
“I am elated to get the opportunity to work with each of the KCTCS colleges and our close partners at the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Governor’s office. Together we can work synergistically toward our mutual goal of enhancing the workforce and economic development of the Commonwealth,” said Ferguson.
He is actively involved in a wide variety of community organizations including serving on the executive board for the Northeast Kentucky United Way and the TENCO Workforce Investment Board.
Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership and a Master of Science degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University. He also completed a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership from Trident University.
In his new role, Ferguson will serve as the primary KCTCS point of contact for global, national, and regional companies seeking workforce training services in Kentucky. Ferguson will support and collaborate with Workforce Solutions leaders and presidents at each of the 16 KCTCS colleges.