1998 CHS graduate names President of Park Hill's community college.

Joe Gilgour, a native of Chillicothe, has been named the next president for Mineral Area College.

Gilgour graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1998 and went on to earn a Ph.D., in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.

Over his 14 year career he has served as dean of student and academic support services at State Fair Community College. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the graduate program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City teaching Community College Leadership. During his time with Missouri State University-West Plains, he taught University and Global Community, an entry level class for freshmen. Gilgour said he has been an online professor for Arkansas Tech University since 2012 and plans to continue teaching classes like Advising Student Organizations and Career Advising.

He has also been involved with the Missouri Community College Association and Higher Learning Commission accreditation.

“My career has been progressing with State Fair Community College and when I looked at other opportunities, this one - with Mineral Area College - seemed like the right fit,” he said. “I love community colleges and small towns.”

He will begin his job as president of Mineral Area College on July 1.

Gilgour, along with his wife, Stephanie, and two children, Grant, 10, and Genevieve, 8, plan to move to Park Hills in June.

Gilgour’s parents, Joyce Gilgour and Jim Giglour, along with his grandmother, Dixie, Gilgour still live in Chillicothe.

Representatives with Mineral Area College said the school conducted a nationwide search for the institution's next president and had over 50 applicants.