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Former Paducah Community College President Dies

Dr. Donald J. Clemens, first president of PCCDr. Donald J. Clemens, the first president of Paducah Community College, died at 7:30 pm Tuesday, October 12, in Venice, Florida.

Paducah Community College and West Kentucky Technical College consolidated in 2003 to form todays West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Dr. Clemens joined Paducah Junior College as a grant writer in 1966. He later became the dean of academic affairs before being named president of the college in 1968. That year was also the year PJC joined the University of Kentucky Community College System, and the name was changed to Paducah Community College.

I have heard it said many times over the years that Paducah Community College was seen as the jewel of the UK Community College System, said WKCTC President Barbara Veazey. A large part of what we are today can be attributed to the leadership of Dr. Donald J. Clemens.

Dr. Clemens served as president during a time when community colleges were being formed across the nation and a wave of students started on the campus, Veazey said. He saw the building of the Matheson Learning Resource Center, Waller Hall, the Fine Arts and Student Center (which was later named in his honor) and the design of the Allied Health Building. Dr. Clemens retired in 1990.

The Donald J. Clemens Scholarship Fund has been established in his memory. Contributions can be made in care of the Paducah Junior College Foundation, PO Box 7380, Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, KY 42001