New HCTC prez begins term
by IVY BRASHEAR Staff Reporter
HAZARD Dr. Stephen Greiner, the new president of Hazard Community and Technical College, wants the college to be a good neighbor. He also personally wants to meet people within the community and get to know the community better as a whole.
Those are just two of his many goals for HCTC under his leadership, he said, two that he would call critically important.
I think its important to establish or reestablish those critical collaborations and partnerships that are necessary for the college, Greiner said.
He said it is also important for him to work with others in terms of economic development, something that he said there is great need for all across the country.
This area is no different, he said.
He said he would have to get involved in discussions about economic development to see what was already being done and make himself well-informed before he could talk about what he and the college could do in terms of economic development, but he said he was looking forward to working on economic development initiatives.
Greiner said he was very excited to be back in Kentucky, where he studied undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky and masters work at Western Kentucky University.
After he saw the listing for the job opening, he said he knew working at HCTC would be a wonderful opportunity, especially since he was familiar with the area, he said.
I went through the (hiring) process and as it turns out, I was selected and I couldnt be happier, he said.
He said he researched HCTC before being hired and discovered that much has been accomplished at HCTC over the years. He also found that the staff was exemplary.
I heard from a number of sources that the staff was a high-quality staff and they certainly have confirmed that in my first two weeks, Greiner said. He added that he felt he made the right decision.
There wasnt just one thing that made Greiner decide to apply for the job at HCTC, he said it was everything.
I was looking for a larger institution as well and much more comprehensive, and this certainly classifies as a comprehensive institution, he said. He added that HCTC may be the only institution of its kind in some respects, since it serves several counties with off-campus locations.
Greiner said he had been traveling during his first two weeks on the job, trying to meet community members. He said his second day, he visited the Kentucky General Assembly to meet with legislators from the area, whom he says are very supportive of HCTC.
It was a time not only to meet them, but to thank them for their support, Greiner said.
He said the budget for HCTC is very tight, as it is for many higher education institutions across the country, noting that it gets tighter every year.
We have to be good stewards of the funding that we have and make sure we are doing the right things, Greiner said.
He said he has established a leadership team that is very experienced that will monitor the budget and make sure they remain good stewards of their funding.
He said hes always been very involved in his communities, noting that he has been a member of many community organizations and a member of community boards. He said he plans to continue this tradition in Hazard.
Life would be kind of boring if I didnt work on those things, Greiner said. It helps get a really good pulse on the community and whats important in the community and how the college can certainly be a good neighbor and a good partner.
HCTC is hosting an open reception on January 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Stephens Libary to welcome Greiner to HCTC and as an opportunity for the community to come and meet him. This isnt the only time he wants to meet with the community, though.
I would invite the community to stop by or to call and invite me to come meet with them. I would love to do that, Greiner said. Its a way that I can get out and meet people in the community, and if Im invited I will show up.
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