Tony Kinkel, who has 24 years of experience working with community and technical colleges, has been named president of the Wichita Area Technical College, the school announced today.
He is scheduled to start Jan. 3.
Kinkel most recently as president of Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. He resigned Sept. 16 after 3 1/2 years at the school.
At the time of his resignation, Kinkel said he was leaving in order to "take on new opportunities for my future."
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WATC hasn't had a full-time president since Pete Gustaff resigned in January after about four years of heading up the school. Ray Frederick, a member of the WATC board and owner of Frederick Plumbing and Heating, has been serving at the interim president.
Prior to going to Pikes Peak, Kinkel was chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville, Ark.
He has served as executive director of Maryland Association of Community Colleges.
Kinkel also spent 15 years as a state legislator in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota at Duluth and received his master's degree from Bemidji State University in Minnesota.