The Highland Community College Board of Trustees named Deborah Fox as the 44th president of Highland Community College. The board made the decision earlier this week.

Fox, who is the director of business operations and management for USD 446 Independence, will officially become president on July 1. Highland has five campuses in Kansas including one in Wamego.

Fox has previous experience with Highland Community College, serving as the vice president of finance and operations and assistant dean of regional instruction.

She holds a master’s degree in educational administration with an emphasis in higher education from Fort Hays State University and a master’s of business administration degree in general administration from Pittsburg State University.

“I want to thank the Board of Trustees for putting their faith in me to lead Highland as president,” Fox said in a press release. “I am excited about the next chapter and to see what it has in store for northeast Kansas.”

Board chair Tom Smith said the board voted unanimously for Fox.

“We feel Deborah interacted well with campus, constituents and will be a great fit in the community,” he said. “She knows Highland having spent 14 years as Highland’s vice president of finance and operations. She will be able to hit the ground running and comes with plenty of experience.”

President David Reist will retire June 2019 after 38 years with Highland.