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Butler Community College trustees name new president

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.

Butler Community College has selected a new president, the school said Thursday night.

Cloud County Community College Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Krull was chosen Thursday by the Butler’s board of trustees to fill the position, said Stacy Cofer, Butler’s chief advancement officer.

Krull succeeds former president Jackie Vietti, who retired in December after 17 years at the El Dorado-based college. Her contract and start date remain under negotiation, Cofer said.

Karla Fisher, Butler’s vice president for academic affairs, will continue acting as interim president until Krull takes over, according to an e-mailed news release from the college.

Before Cloud County, Krull served at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in a variety of roles, including associate professor/counselor, accreditation coordinator, assistant professor and instructor. She is a licensed mental health practitioner/therapist.

The announcement came Thursday evening after trustees of the college met for about three hours to discuss the three finalists for president, Cofer said. Those under consideration were Krull, former Washington State College president Charlotte Hatfield and Ann Valentine, chancellor of Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley.

Hatfield was president of Washington State College in Marietta, Ohio for nine years before leaving in 2011.Before that she was executive director for public relations and marketing for Ivy Tech State College System in Indiana, then executive dean of the Elkhart campus of Ivy Tech State College. She also has experience in communications, media, and public relations in the private sector.

Valentine has been the chancellor at Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley since 2011. Before that, she was president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College for six years, vice president/provost at Gateway Technical College for five years, and dean of Independence Community College for two years.

The finalists were recommended to the seven-member board by a 15-member search committee made up of college personnel and business and community leaders. They appeared earlier this month at public forums in Andover and El Dorado, speaking with college staff, students and members of the community.

Butler Community College is the second-largest community college in the state, with nearly 15,000 students.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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