Rule named new president of BSCTC

Aug. 27—PRESTONSBURG — Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) acting President Larry Ferguson announced Friday the selection of William Scott Rule, Ph.D., as President/CEO of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), according to a news release.

"I am elated to announce the appointment of Dr. Rule, as the new president of Big Sandy Community & Technical College," said Ferguson. "Dr. Rule brings experience and passion to the position and will be a great servant leader for BSCTC and the communities it serves."

Rule, a retired educator with 31 years of experience in higher education, most recently served as president of West Georgia Technical College. Prior to that, he served as assistant commissioner for data, planning and research for the Technical College System of Georgia, stated the release.

Rule earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University), an MBA from Kennesaw State and a doctorate from Georgia State.

According to BSCTC Board Chair Howard Roberts, it was a unanimous decision to name Rule the next leader.

"I am both honored and humbled to have been selected to serve as Big Sandy Community and Technical College's next president," said Rule. "During the intensive search process, I have been incredibly impressed with the people within the college who have a passion for what they do. That same passion was also evident and matched among the community members who support the college and rely on us as a means to economic prosperity for eastern Kentucky. My wife and I look forward to moving into the area, meeting new friends, and exploring the beautiful trails, lakes, and other amenities that we have only begun to find."

Dr. Rule's tentative start date is Jan. 1, 2024.