Darren Doyle, story:
The newest Provost of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) has strong Edmonson County ties. President Dr. Phil Neal recently announced the appointment of Dr. James B. McCaslin as the college’s next Provost, and will succeed Dr. Maggie Schmidt Shelton, who is leaving the position effective June 30th.
“Dr. McCaslin is a proven leader with extensive knowledge and experience in post-secondary education,” said SKYCTC President Dr. Phil Neal. “I look forward to seeing how he further improves student success through his role as Provost at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College.”
"It has been my honor to work with the faculty and staff of SKYCTC for the past eight years as we have provided accessible and affordable education and training to all of the communities in the ten counties served by SKYCTC. I am humbled by the faith and confidence that Dr. Neal, the faculty, and the staff of SKYCTC have placed in me, and will continue to dedicate myself to our tradition of academic excellence,” said McCaslin.
“I am especially proud to be able to work at a college that serves my friends and family in Edmonson County,” he added.
McCaslin was instrumental in the implementation of the SKYCTC Dual Credit offerings at Edmonson County High School and at SKYCTC’s Transpark Center, where ECHS students get an early start on their college studies.
McCaslin’s wife, Dr. Sara Beth (Basham) McCaslin, a faculty member of WKU, was raised in Chalybeate. They are both members of Chalybeate United Baptist Church.
With 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, McCaslin currently serves as the SKYCTC Vice President of Outreach and Community Development, providing senior leadership to the college’s Franklin-Simpson Center, Workforce Solutions, Dual Credit, SKY FAME, and Skills U (Adult Education) programming. Before joining SKYCTC, McCaslin was the Assistant Director of Western Kentucky University’s campus in Glasgow.