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McCall and Wife in front of Art Gallery SignBig Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) named its art gallery in honor of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Founding President Dr. Michael B. McCall and his wife, Carolyn S. McCall during a ceremony on Monday, November 17, on its Prestonsburg campus.

McCall, who has served as president of KCTCS for 16 years, will retire in January after 16 years of service.

Kentucky will always be a special place to us, said Dr. McCall. During a tribute to Dr. McCall and Mrs. McCall, BSCTC President and CEO said the two go together like peas and carrots. Mrs. McCall, a South Carolina native, chimed in: Shrimp and Grits.

Their commitment to building leaders and fostering an environment towards student success is unmatched, said Dr. Edwards. The naming of our art gallery is a small token of our appreciation to their service to Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

John Dove, director of administrative services, and Michelle Meek, chief business affairs officer, unveiled the signage to the Dr. Michael B. and Carolyn S. McCall Art Gallery, as well as a portrait. Dove and Meek are both graduates of Dr. McCalls Presidents Leadership Seminar (PLS).

On behalf of the college, it has been a great pleasure work with you, said Dove, who is also a staff member of the KCTCS Board of Regents. It is going to be very hard to replace his: listening skills, great laugh, intellect, commitment to mentorship, balance, generosity and huge heart.

Meek spoke about how the McCalls welcomed members of the PLS into their home.

You opened your home to us; you fed us, and you celebrated with us, she said. Your gracious hospitality helped strengthen our PLS group.

During the ceremony, Charlotte Wong, education specialist with the Kentucky Organ Donors Affiliates (KODA), announced that the nationally-renowned Body Mapping art exhibit would be brought to the Dr. Michael B. and Carolyn S. McCall Art Gallery in February. The exhibit will be the centerpiece of a week-long awareness campaign on all BSCTC campuses and will include showings of the Emmy-winning documentary on the Body Mapping artwork.

Carolyn S. McCall, a recipient of an organ transplant, is featured in the exhibit and documentary. KODA brought scaled down replicas of the Body Mapping exhibit to the ceremony.