50 Years, 50 Stories

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Published May 6, 1998 in The Ledger Independent

Dr. Hans J. Kuss, an Illinois educators who has pledged to strengthen Maysville Community College’s ties with the community, has been names MCC’s next president.

Kuss’ appointment was announced Tuesday by Dr. James Ramsey, interim president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, after MCC’s Board of Directors recommended Kuss for the past.

Kuss, 51, is dean of arts and sciences at Triton College in River Groves, Ill., where he is responsible for 10,000 students and a $16 million budget. With a total of 23,000 students, Triton College is the second largest community college in Illinois.

“I am pleased he has been appointed,” said Charles Calvert, chairman of the college’s board of directors. “I think he’s going to fill the post admirably. He seems to be very sincere individual who has the best interest of the college and community at heart.”

Kuss is to assume the MCC post on July 1, succeeding Dr. James C. Shires, who retired in December after 26 years as president. Dr. Roger Noe, dean of academic affairs at Southeast Community College in Kentucky, has been MCC president during the interim.

Kuss’ appointment caps an exhaustive presidential search launched by the college last fall after Shires announced he was leaving. A committee whittled a field of 90 candidates down to six, who were interviewed during visits to the campus earlier this year.

The committee, headed by veteran MCC faculty member John Klee, recommended Kuss and two other finalists fro consideration by the college’s board and the KCTCS leadership.

Ramsey interviewed the three finalists before deciding on Kuss, who he said was the favorite of the MCC board and of D. Tony Newberry, chancellor of the community colleges under KCTCS.

“Dr. Kuss really sees the importance of technology and the role of technology in instruction,” Ramsey said. “…I think people in Maysville are in for a real treat. I think he will work hard with the community and bring about collaboration…”

During his interview with the search committee, Kuss said his strength rests in building partnerships that advance economic development and creating programs with business and industry. Triton’s Employee Training Institute has enrolled more than 7,000 people, many of them United Airlines employees, Kuss said.

Kuss said Tuesday he likes Maysville and the community college because he is attracted to the quality of life in small communities.

“This is the place where I want to be for the rest of my life,” he said.

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