PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville College Board of Trustees has appointed the vice president and dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine to be interim president.
Dr. Boyd R. Buser has been with the college since 2007. Pike ville College President Michael Looney, who took office in January, resigned last week because of health problems.
The board will continue with a national search for a new permanent president, board chairman Terry Dotson said.
Buser will continue as dean of the osteopathic school, Dotson said. Students arrived on campus this week to begin orientation, and Buser welcomed the medical school's class of 2013.
"It's always nice to start out a new school year because everyone's so enthusiastic," Buser said.
He said he has confidence in his staff's ability to take over new responsibilities in the osteopathic school.
"One of the things that I really am proud of in working here is everyone's willingness to do what's needed," Buser said.
The college is in the process of establishing a new strategic plan, Buser said, and he will be continuing that planning.
"We make a big deal about Pikeville College being a student-centered institution," Buser said. Besides the osteopathic school, Pikeville is a private undergraduate liberal arts college.
Buser said he has told the board of trustees that he is not interested in pursuing the permanent president's post.
Dotson said the best-case scenario would be to have a president in place by January.