By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer
Kim Krull, Cloud County Community College's vice president for academic affairs, has been named the new president of Butler Community College in El Dorado.
Krull, who has been at Cloud since July 2005, will succeed Jackie Vietti, who retired in December after 17 years at the College. Krull's start date and contract remain under negotiation.
The Butler Board of Trustees made the decision after a three-hour special meeting Thursday evening. Krull was one of three finalists for the job. Those under consideration, in addition to Krull, were former Ohio's Washington State College president Charlotte Hatfield and Ann Valentine, chancellor of Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley.
Krull said the presidency is a challenge she is looking forward to.
"It'll be a fun challenge," she said. "They have a great leadership team down there, and I'm very excited. Jackie (Vietti, former president) has always been a mentor of mine, and it's very humbling to follow someone like that who's built such a legacy."
Before her time at Cloud, Krull served at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in a number of roles, including associate professor/counselor, accreditation coordinator, assistant professor, and instructor. She is also a licensed mental health practitioner/therapist.
Krull completed her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University last year.
"Since I moved into my administrative roles in higher education, and especially when I finished my Ph.D., it's been my goal for a while," Krull said of landing a presidency position. "I've had a lot of encouragement to make that next step and keep going."
Cloud President Danette Toone said Krull will be dearly missed.
"Obviously, it's going to be big shoes to fill, but first and foremost, we are so excited for Kim," Toone said. "She is absolutely the right person for the Butler job. They are getting a top-notch leader in Kim."
Toone said the process to find Krull's replacement will begin as soon as next week. She said she hopes to have someone in the position by the time Krull leaves, which she said will probably be the first of August.
"Kim is a woman of high integrity and great moral fiber, and she is going to do great things at Butler, and she will be greatly missed," Toone said.
In a press release from Butler, Ron Engelbrecht, board trustee and chair of the advisory committee said a very thorough search was conducted to find the right person to lead Butler.
"Dr. Krull is an outstanding leader who will continue the good work of our retired president," he said.
While Krull said she is excited about the next step of her career, it is bittersweet to be leaving the Cloud family.
"I've loved my tenure at Cloud, and I've loved the people I've worked with," she said. "There are great people at Cloud, and there are really mixed emotions about leaving. It's going to be very tough to go, but now there will be a new, solid partnership between Butler and Cloud, because Cloud will have one of their own down there."