BCTC’s President Augusta Julian Announces Retirement
LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 6, 2018) — In a college wide meeting last week, Bluegrass Community & Technical College president, Dr. Augusta Julian, announced she will retire Dec. 31, 2018.
Dr. Julian began her career in two-year college education 44 years ago. During this time, she taught adult education, held numerous administrative roles and, for the past 17 years, served as a community college president. She has spent the last 11 of those years at BCTC.
Under Dr. Julian’s leadership, BCTC is a community resource that responds to the needs of 21st Century learners. The college service area has grown to include campuses in Winchester, Newtown and Georgetown, and the Leestown Campus has been renovated to consolidate allied health and nursing. She has also worked to secure funding to build the Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Danville Campus.
She has ensured financial stability in challenging times, and academic quality that has led to business and community partnerships and betterment of the quality of life for the region. Dr. Julian served as a founding member of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, established a partnership with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Police Training Academy, and served as a member of the Commerce Lexington board and Together Lexington. Under her leadership, private support for the college has increased, with more than $1M raised during the 2018 fiscal year to support students, programs, and capital projects.
Most importantly, she has kept the focus of BCTC on student success.
“I cannot be more grateful for and proud of what we have accomplished together,” said Dr. Julian to staff and faculty. “Yes, many challenges remain, and you will continue to do the great work you always do. Together, we have empowered more than 100,000 students to find success in the last 11 years.”
The Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) will begin the search process for the new president immediately, with the goal of having the new president in place by Jan. 2019. A search committee will be appointed by Dr. Jay Box, KCTCS president. The BCTC board chair will chair the group, and it will include five community members and five faculty and staff members. As more details on the search are available, they will be shared with the community.
“I appreciate the support of communities across the region, to me and to the college, in these years we have faced challenges, and with their help have accomplished so much,” said Dr. Julian. “BCTC will remain strong, will educate and train the next generation of students, will expand and improve business services, and will stay committed to community development. The focus is on retention and the potential of every student for completion and success. BCTC is well positioned to continue to be the college that works hard to support students and communities.”