Jeff Garretson - February 24, 2016 12:47 pm
Salina Tech President Greg Goode on right and VP of Instruction Monte Couchman stopped by KSAL Wednesday
Greg Goode is four months away from stepping down from his post at the college he’s guided since 2009.
The President of Salina Tech announced back in December he was retiring this summer.
On Wednesday Goode was flanked by the school’s Vice President of Instruction Monte Couchman during an in-studio visit on the KSAL Morning News.
“I think our strategic plan in the next three years is really focusing on growth and enrollment access,” Goode said.
During his tenure, job placement rates for graduates has risen from 85 percent to 94 percent and plans to expand the enrollment base are underway.
“Students, starting next year will be able to come to Salina Tech and get the first two years of their bachelor’s degree through a partnership with Kansas State that is in development and Hutchinson Community College.”
Goode added that statistics from the federal government show that Salina Tech is also the lowest cost technical college in Kansas.
Goode did not elaborate on what his next chapter will be as a professional after he leaves Salina Tech, but told the audience he’s been disappointed by the silent treatment in the race for the White House, “None of the candidates have announced a vice president running mate, so I’m waiting,” he said with a smile.
Goode says he’ll remain in Salina to help with the transition process for his successor. “I might even decide to go into the classroom and teach,” he said.
According to Goode, a search committee is conducting phone interviews of applicants as they narrow a field of candidates down to his successor by June 30th.