Comprised of senior level administrators, The President’s Cabinet advises the President/CEO of Big Sandy Community & Technical College. The cabinet assists with strategic decision making for the college, and is a vital part of our leadership. Each of our cabinet members are listed below along with a brief professional biography.
Dean of Academic Services
Myra Elliott has been employed at Big Sandy Community and Technical College since 1992, bringing with her experience in clinical nursing and leadership roles.
While employed with the college, she has served in the roles of Nursing Faculty, Biological Science Division Chair, Coordinator for both the Associate Degree Nursing and Career Pathways Nursing Programs, and Associate Dean of Allied Health Division. Since 2016 she has served as Dean of Academic Services and provides leadership and support to faculty in 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. Recent internal service has included co-chair of Foundations of Excellence Organization and the BSCTC representative on the PPE/Evaluation System Committee. In addition, she served as a faculty mentor through participation in the NEAR program and as preceptor to nursing faculty enrolled in MSN programs. She currently serves on the BSCTC's President's Cabinet as well as maintains an active role in the community offering regular presentations on health care issues in Eastern Kentucky.
Dean Elliott earned her Bachelor in Science and Masters in Science degrees from the University of Kentucky. She is currently working on a doctoral degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development
Campus Coordinator-Pikeville Campus
Kelli Chaney serves as the Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development. In addition, she serves as the Pikeville Campus Coordinator and provides administrative oversight for the Kentucky Coal Academy at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Kelli is a successful workforce, community and economic development professional with experience in entrepreneurship, business incubation, small business development, broadband technology, transportation, energy, and career and technical training. She is a nationally certified trainer for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and is 2015 graduate of KCTCS's McCall Leadership Academy.
Kelli served as past chair of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation/Kentucky Chapter for Advocacy. Serving eight years as Treasurer of Floyd County Public Library Board of Trustees, Mrs. Chaney secured funding for two expansion projects for the Library and was instrumental in creating a branch library in rural Floyd County. She served four years on the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. As chair of the Regional Unified Business Team in eastern Kentucky, she is responsible for identifying and meeting the needs of local business and industry.
Kelli earned a Master of Arts Degree in Community College Leadership and Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Morehead State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration at Eastern Kentucky University. Kelli resides in McDowell, Kentucky.
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.
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.
Dean of Student Services
Jimmy Wright currently serves Big Sandy Community and Technical College as the Dean of Student Services. In this role, 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.
Mr. Wright began his career in 1991 and has served the college in a number of capacities. Prior to serving in his current role, Mr. Wright served as Associate Dean of Students Affairs, College Registrar, and also served as Distance Learning Specialist in the area of Information Technology. He is currently responsible for oversight of a number of student support services functions at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
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 education 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 is married to Robin, a long-time employee in the health care field, and they have one child, Andrew.