PIKEVILLE — After serving for only seven months, Pikeville College President Michael Looney is resigning for health reasons.
Looney took office in January after a 2½ -year search process that started when then-President Hal Smith announced his planned retirement, said Terry Dotson, chairman of the college board of trustees. Smith stayed on through the spring 2009 semester to help with the transition, Dotson said.
Looney's decision to leave is disappointing, but "we'll get this problem fixed," Dotson said.
The board expects to name an interim president early next week, and a national search committee has begun work on finding a permanent replacement, Dotson said.
Looney could not immediately be reached for comment. Before coming to Pikeville, he was provost at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.