Gary Turner

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Long-time college employee Cheryl Siemers is the new director for Kenai Peninsula College.

She’s replacing Gary Turner, who’s retiring this year after 19 years in the role. Turner says he’s thrilled with the choice.

"She’s what KPC needs now, and moving into the future,” Turner said.

Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner is retiring at the end of this fiscal year. There are two candidates in the final round of consideration to take the reins July 1. Candidate forums will be held over Zoom this week for the campus and community.

Like most colleges and schools, Kenai Peninsula College made an emergency switch to entirely distance education and shut down its campuses around mid-March. The college is planning to go forward next fall with mostly distance-delivered  classes but there will be a handful of in-person classes when possible.

The college has summer classes but they’re all online, the way the spring was. By the time fall semester starts in September, some classes will be back to meeting in person — but only some, and in smaller numbers, with protective measures in place. Other typical functions, like the art galleries, will stay closed for the fall.

KPC braced for more budget cuts

Feb 12, 2019


A lot of the budget talk out of Juneau has been focused on school districts around the state. But the university system is also expected to be targeted by Governor Mike Dunleavy’s forthcoming budget.