The President’s Cabinet, comprised of senior-level administrators, advise the President/CEO of Big Sandy Community & Technical College. The Cabinet is an integral part of the strategic decision-making process for the College.
Dean of Strategic Initiatives
Dean Elliott seeks to lead with compassion, integrity and respect. Her leadership philosophy is based on encouraging and empowering others to meet their potential. She believes the members of her team should feel comfortable offering their ideas and perspectives.
She is responsible for planning and implementing strategies that provide direction for strategic program planning and outcomes. She brings broad-based experiences to this position, as she has served in several leadership roles for the institution. While employed with the college, she has served as Nursing Faculty, Biological Science Division Chair, Coordinator for Associate Degree Nursing and Career Pathways Nursing Programs and Associate Dean of Allied Health Division. From 2016 to 2019, Dean Elliott was the Dean of Academic Services. In this role, she led the faculty of General Education, Allied Health and Sciences, Learning Support Services and Library Services.
Dean Elliott has participated on multiple committees both at the local and system level. Her internal service has included co-chair of Foundations of Excellence Organization and the BSCTC representative on the PPE/Evaluation System Committee. Additionally, she served as a faculty mentor through participation in the NEAR program and as Preceptor to nursing faculty enrolled in MSN programs.
Dean Elliott earned her Bachelor in Science and Masters in Science degrees from the University of Kentucky. She has completed 60 hours of her doctoral degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She is grateful for the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.
Greta Heintzelman Slone, A.B.D.
Director of Strategic Communications
A native daughter of Appalachia, of coal miners and immigrant theologians, Greta Heintzelman Slone, is rooted in eastern Kentucky—by birth and by choice. The love of her own culture, her heart’s focus upon people, was nurtured through an extended family of servant-leaders who provoked her to learn deeply, teach tirelessly, and work vigorously for the betterment of her region.
Greta is responsible for public relations and marketing, institutional advancement (development), grants and sponsored projects and web services. She supports the mission and vision of the college by using a variety of media to effectively communicate to different publics; assists with correspondence for the President/CEO; serves as spokesperson for the college in the absence of the President/CEO; establishes development goals and objectives; assists with relationship management efforts of the college; and provides content support and management of Web Services.
Greta attended Berea College, Dartmouth College, Trinity College, Long Island University/New York University, and she is currently completing her doctorate with Walden University.
Dean of IT and Facilities Management
John Herald began his career at Prestonsburg Community College as Coordinator of Student Activities in 1971. During Johns 44 years at PCC and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, he has held the positions of Counselor, Dean of Student Affairs, Chief Financial Officer, and currently Director of Facilities.
As Dean of IT and Facilities Management, John is responsible for maintenance and operations of nearly 500,000 sq. ft. of building space and 75 acres of grounds located on four campuses. He is also responsible for planning and implementation of capital projects, safety and security initiatives, motor pool deployment, auxiliary services operations, and Mayo residential construction projects.
Prior to joining the College, John worked as a social worker for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. He is an avid motorcyclist who also has an instrument-rated pilot license. John is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He has severed on several boards including The Bank Josephine, Paintsville Little League, and Prestonsburg-Paintsville Airport.
John attended Prestonsburg Community College, earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master's Degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and did additional graduate work at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.
Dr. Denise King
Dr. King recently joined the Administration of Big Sandy Community & Technical College. Formerly, she served as the vice-president for Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College in Chattanooga, TN. She was responsible for the administration, policies, integrity, budget and personnel of all instructional and workforce development programs and support services. She was also the primary liaison between faculty and administration.
She also successfully led the implementation of Guided Pathways reform efforts, including a move to mandatory advising and reorganization of programs into career communities. Through her work, Dr. King has led a 41% increase in the overall graduation rate of her current college. With extensive experience with capital campaigns, structured pathways and workforce development, her external service include the AACC Commission on Structured Pathways, AACC Commission on Global Education and the TN eCampus Online Degree Program Oversight Committee.
She was the 2019 recipient of the inaugural College of the Year awarded by Tennessee Board of Regents for outstanding student achievement, overcoming obstacles and program expansion. Dr. King has led her current college to become ranked number one of forty community and technical colleges in Tennessee. She holds a Ph.D. in Drama and Humanities from Stanford University.
Chief Financial Officer
Michelle Meek serves Big Sandy Community and Technical College as Chief Financial Officer and serves on the President's Cabinet. Mrs. Meek provides oversight of the preparation and continued support of the budget, human resources, payroll, purchasing, inventory, collection of tuition and fees, all financial records and receipts, and student financials.
Mrs. Meek began her BSCTC career in 1998 as Budget Manager. She moved into the position of Associate Dean of Business Affairs in 2003 and then into the Dean of Finance position in 2007. Prior to joining BSCTC, she worked at First National Bank of Paintsville for 13 years in various positions, including Vice President/Loan Officer. Mrs. Meek was introduced to the college as a student of the former Prestonsburg Community College in 1982. She was reconnected to the college as an adjunct instructor of business courses while still employed at the bank.
Mrs. Meek currently serves on the Board of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of Bethel House of God and Awaken Ministries, Inc. Mrs. Meek holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Prestonsburg Community College; a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Eastern Kentucky University; and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Morehead State University. She is also a graduate of the 2005 KCTCS President's Leadership Institute.
Chief Student Affairs Officer and Registrar
Mr. Wright serves on the President's Cabinet and provides leadership in the areas of Admissions, Advising, Enrollment, Financial Aid, Testing, Counseling, Disability Services and Student Development. He began his BSCTC career in 1991 and has served in many capacities. Prior to his current role, Mr. Wright was the Dean of Student Services, Associate Dean of Students Affairs, College Registrar, and Distance Learning Specialist in the area of Information Technology.
Throughout his career, Mr. Wright has considered student success and access to higher education to be a priority. It is through recruitment, career planning, advising and coaching that students develop skills and talents that support their lifelong learning and career goals.
Mr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Management from Sullivan University and a Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration from Morehead State University. Mr. Wright has one child, Andrew.