Terry Calaway, JCCC President
Dr. Terry A. Calaway became the fourth president of Johnson County Community College in June 2007.
Dr. Calaway has more than 34 years of progressively responsible experience in community colleges and universities.
Among his achievements are:
- Recognition by faculty and staff for a collaborative and dynamic leadership style
- Assessment and development of new degree programs
- Revision and revitalization of curriculum
- A focus on learner success resulting in increased enrollment and student completion/retention rates
- Design of innovative marketing strategies
- Creative fund raising
- Fiscal responsibility
- Dramatic improvements in organizational culture
- Development of significant partnerships with local employers
Under Dr. Calaway's leadership, JCCC has undertaken new initiatives in learner engagement, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability, with a renewed focus on mission and vision and strategic planning. In 2009, JCCC became a member of the prestigious Achieving the Dream program designed to enhance learner success.
With more than 44,000 students enrolled in credit and continuing education classes each semester, Johnson County Community College is the state's largest undergraduate institution with an annual budget of $230 million. A member of the board of the League for Innovation in the Community College, JCCC has 2,500 full-time and part-time employees. The Chronicle of Higher Education named JCCC a "Great College to Work For" in 2009 and 2011; JCCC was one of the top ranked colleges for digital technology in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Before coming to JCCC, Dr. Calaway was president of Central Arizona College, Coolidge, Ariz., from January 2003 to June 2007. There he was responsible for three campuses and four educational centers serving 14,500 students, 350 full-time employees and 700 part-time employees. He also served as vice president, academic and student services, at Central Arizona from March 1999 to January 2003.
Dr. Calaway also served as assistant vice president, workforce and economic development; dean/district director, division of continuing and professional education; academic division head, mathematics and technologies; assistant dean, division of continuing education; and campus director, credit and noncredit instruction, at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio, from 1977 to 1989 and from 1993 to 1999. He was assistant dean, college of continuing studies, at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, from 1993-1995.
His honors include being named a finalist for CEO of the Year by the Association of Community College Trustees, 2005; the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, 2005; he was recognized by Ingram's Magazine as one of Kansas City's Power Elite in 2009 and as one of 50 Kansans to know in 2011; the Executive Leadership Award, United Way of Pinal County, 2004; and Distinguished Graduate, the University of Texas at Austin Community College Leadership Program, 2004.
Dr. Calaway serves on a number of boards, including the United Way of Johnson County, KCPT Public Television, the Liberty Memorial and the Overland Park Economic Development Council.
Dr. Calaway holds an Ed.D. in education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.