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Dr. Vic Adams announces retirement from SKCTC

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Dr. Vic Adams

Dr. Vic Adams, President of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC), has retired after a career spanning nearly three decades.


Prior to serving as president and CEO (since 2017), he has held several leadership positions including dean of community & economic development and vice president/chief workforce officer. He currently serves as president of the Bell County Economic Development Foundation, and since becoming Southeast’s president, Dr. Adams has overseen substantial growth, establishing the College’s sixth campus located in Knox County and the completion of the Educational Alliance Center, a state-of-the-art facility on the Middlesboro Campus that houses the nursing program.


During his tenure, the Cumberland Campus has seen significant renovation for industrial maintenance programming, and with a grant from Toyota-Tsusho, the Middlesboro Campus has added a 3D-printing maker’s space for aspiring entrepreneurs. Through several key partnerships, the College will provide fast-track courses leading to credentials and jobs for women in recovery at RHOAR, an innovative treatment center that opened in 2023. President Adams also led the College through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic and, more recently, catastrophic flooding in Letcher County.


“I have worked closely with Dr. Adams for the past eight years, and we have become good friends,” said Chairman Rayburn Doss, SKCTC Board of Directors. “He has shown a deep commitment to the mission and values of the College. Under his leadership, Southeast now leads the System in enrollment and revenue growth. I wish him and his family the very best in his retirement.”


In 1989, Dr. Adams earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky where he played as a varsity defensive lineman under the leadership of head football coach Jerry Claiborne. In 1998, he received an M.Ed. from Lincoln Memorial University, and in 2011, he earned his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.  He and Desiree’ (Dee Dee), his wife of 39 years, share two grown sons, Tyler and Hunter, and six grandchildren: Cam, Archer, Gatlin, Case, Fisher, and Gunner. In his spare time, Dr. Adams enjoys hunting, fishing, college football, and working on his family farm.



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