Our President

Dr Keith BirdChancellor Emeritus Dr. Keith Bird will serve as interim president of Gateway Community and Technical College beginning October 1, 2015.

Dr. Bird served as the first chancellor of KCTCS and was named chancellor emeritus when he retired in 2009. Most recently, he has served as Senior Policy Fellow for Workforce and Postsecondary Education at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

During his tenure at KCTCS, Dr. Bird led the integration of technical and general education curricula and the significant expansion of services to business and industry. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Bird led the development of the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC), a partnership of 30 community colleges and 34 auto-related plants in 12 states that created a model competency-based, modularized industry-recognized curriculum for auto manufacturing technicians. He also oversaw the offices of Policy and Research Analysis, Grants and Contracts, Crisis Management and Homeland Security, Academic Affairs, Workforce Development and the State Fire/Rescue Training Program, and was instrumental in developing initiatives such as the Kentucky Information Technology Center and the Kentucky Coal Academy.

Prior to coming to KCTCS, Dr. Bird served as president at two technical colleges and held higher education leadership positions in New Hampshire and Connecticut.

Dr. Bird has been a long-time leader on the national community college stage. He’s served on numerous state and national boards and has more than thirty years of substantive involvement in the accreditation process and evaluation at the regional accreditation and specialized program levels for both secondary and postsecondary institutions.

He’s served on the American Association of Community College’s Global Education Commission, is a long-term member of Trans-Atlantic Alliance for Technology and Training and is a member of the Fulbright advisory board. He is the co-chair of the Data/Metrics Committee for the Aspen Institute’s Community College Prize of Excellence.

Dr. Bird’s educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in history from Alma College in Alma, Michigan, and a master’s degree and doctorate in history from Duke University. He also did pre and post-doctorate work in Germany.