President's Cabinet

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.

Dr. Chris Daniel

Dr. Chris Daniel

Dean of Research Planning and Analysis
Campus Coordinator-Mayo Campus

Dr. Chris Daniel serves as the Mayo/Hager Hill Campus Coordinator as well as Dean of Research Planning and Analysis and serves on the President's Cabinet. He joined Big Sandy Community and Technical College in 1995 as a faculty member in the Surveying & Mapping Program.

Dr. Daniel moved into administration at the college in 2006 as Associate Dean for Professional Development and served as an adjunct faculty member. In 2012, Dr. Daniel became the Associate Dean of Learner Support Services. In 2014 he became the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Institutional Research and assumed the role as Mayo/Hager Hill Campus Coordinator in December 2015.

Dr. Daniel is an alumnus of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President's Leadership Seminar, Big Sandy Community and Technical College Leadership Institute, Leadership East Kentucky, Rotary District Leadership Academy and the Future Leaders Institute with American Association of Community Colleges. He has served on various committees within KCTCS and the community. He has a Doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education from Morehead State University, and an Associate in Arts Degree from Prestonsburg Community College.

Myra Elliott

Myra Elliott

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.

Kelli Hall

Kelli Hall

Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development
Campus Coordinator-Pikeville Campus

Kelli Hall 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, Ms. Hall 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.

John Herald

John Herald

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.

Michelle Meek

Bobby McCool

Dean of Community Development & Chief Institutional Officer

Mr. Bobby W. McCool currently serves Big Sandy Community and Technical College as the Dean of Community Development & Chief Institutional Officer. McCool reports directly to the College President and provides direct leadership in Community Development and Diversity events. Previous leadership responsibilities included serving as Campus Coordinator of Mayo and Hager Hill Campuses, supervises the departments of Diversity, ECHO (Enhancing Cultural Heritage Opportunities), Information Technology, Workforce Solutions, Grant writing, Public Relation, IEIR and provided indirect/direct leadership to all faculty and staff.

Mr. McCool began his career in 1987 as the welding instructor of Harry Sparks Area Vocational School in Mount Vernon Kentucky. Prior to serving in his current role, Mr. McCool served as the welding instructor earning National Certification as a Welding Inspector and Educator (CWE/CWI) through the American Welding Society (AWS). In 1998 Mr. McCool began his Administrative role serving as Director (CEO) of the Mayo Technical College (MTC), after consolidation of MTC and Prestonsburg Community College was awarded the title of Chief Institution Officer.

Mr. McCool is very active with community services by serving as a board member of the Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, member of Tourism Board and Kentucky Historical Society Board. In addition, serves in various civic activities including Kiwanis, PRIDE County Clean-up, Relay for Life and advisory boards. Mr. McCool was the first technical faculty elected to serve on the Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Regents and served as Secretary of the Board.

Mr. McCool provided leadership for a smooth transition toward consolidation of Prestonsburg Community College and Mayo Technical College in becoming Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Along with the faculty and staff, Mr. McCool established partnerships with Carl D. Perkins Job Corps, Bell South and truck driving companies and other initiatives that lead to the generation of a $2 million dollar revenue surplus. Mr. McCool also worked to help secure $7.5 million dollars for renovation of the Mayo Campus and provided oversight of the $12 million dollar construction project establishing the Pikeville Campus of BSCTC. During his term as CEO, Mayo Technical College received COE accreditation with “zero” recommendations and he assisted with reaffirmation of BSCTC with SACS in 2008.

Mr. McCool holds a (ABD) Doctorate in Education from the University of Kentucky, Post-Graduate Certification in Institutional Research Leadership Department from Florida State University, Masters of Science in Supervision/Administration from Morehead State University, Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education from Eastern Kentucky University and an Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology from Morehead State University. Mr. McCool is married to Debbie Martin McCool and they have two sons, Jared and Caleb. Mr. McCool is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the Kentucky Air National Guard.

Michelle Meek

Michelle Meek

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.

Jimmy Wright

Jimmy Wright

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.