Bobby McCool is Vice-President and Chief Institutional Officer at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). He came to Mayo Technical College(MTC) as a welding instructor and later became the last Director of MTC. When the community and technical colleges merged to form a new system, he served on the first Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). He became and still serves as a vice president of BSCTC, the new college formed by the merger of Mayo Technical and Prestonsburg Community Colleges.
McCool is a veteran, receiving an Honorable Discharge from both the United States Marine Corps and the Kentucky Air National Guard. Besides his current position with BSCTC, he is a former coal miner. McCool attended the University of Kentucky (ABD), Morehead State University (Masters), Eastern Kentucky University (Bachelors), and Florida State University (Post Graduate Certificate in Research). He spent the past 25 years in the field of education, serving as a teacher and administrator.
Prior to his career in education, McCool worked as an underground coal miner. McCool’s father and grandfather were both coal miners and he has developed a great sense of admiration and respect for those who pursue this career.
McCool and his wife Debbie have two sons and live in Van Lear, Kentucky.