Dr. Caron L. Daugherty began her tenure as Flint Hills Technical College’s seventh president in July of 2021.
President Daugherty has 28 years of diverse higher education experience, including roles as an academic advisor, a faculty member, a director of grants and an honors program, a dean, and in executive positions as a vice president and as a vice chancellor of instruction. She has been a part of the community-technical college landscape since 2002. Dr. Daugherty also serves as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer and as a Peer Review Chair. Recognitions include National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor and Moraine Park Association of Career & Technical Education (MPACTE) Administrator of the Year.
Dr. Daugherty received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University, her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.
Flint Hills Technical College is a two-year public institution of higher education nestled in the rolling hills of east-central Kansas. It is located at the intersection of I-35 and the Kansas Turnpike in Emporia, a city in the heart of the beautiful rangeland known as the Flint Hills and just a short distance from the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
The college was founded in 1963 when the Emporia Board of Education made an application to the Kansas State Board of Education. The college received associate degree-granting status by an act of the Kansas Legislature during the 1995 Legislative Session. On July 1, 1999, by an act of the Kansas Legislature, the Kansas Board of Regents became the coordinating body of FHTC at the state level. As a result of Senate Bill 7 signed in May of 2003, Flint Hills Technical College was allowed to pursue autonomy from the Emporia School District, USD #253. On July 1, 2004 Flint Hills Technical College became autonomous from USD #253. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredited Flint Hills Technical College on February 6, 2007.
The mission of Flint Hills Technical College is to provide a diverse community of learners with lifelong educational opportunities for personal growth and preparation for professional and civic responsibilities that meet the needs of society.
Advancing personal, professional and economic growth through excellence and innovation in education and partnerships.
Flint Hills Technical College values:
The administration, faculty, and staff of Flint Hills Technical College believe in the power of teaching and learning and endorse the right of each person to access opportunities in the pursuit of knowledge and its application to life. The College’s primary commitment is to support student success in learning and to prepare well-educated, productive members of society who have the ability to achieve personal and professional success in a global environment. To that end, FHTC strives to remove barriers to the educational process by providing accessible and affordable opportunities, including articulations with other institutions and also recognizes the general education curriculum and learning outcomes as necessary and integral components of technical programs of study. FHTC embraces a philosophy where freedom of expression is encouraged in an orderly, nurturing environment and ensures continuous improvement in the educational process through ongoing assessment and evaluation.
Flint Hills Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of sex including pregnant and parenting students, sexual orientation, handicap, race, color, age, religion, marital status, or national or ethnic origin in educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid or other College-administered programs. For questions or concerns regarding non-discrimination contact the Director of Human Resources at 620.343.4600.
The College maintains a standard of education monitored and approved by program advisory committees made up of members from the general public, business and industry. The committees guide the College in fulfilling its responsibilities to provide up-to-date, quality education.
Flint Hills Technical College is coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents and accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Program accreditations include the Kansas State Board of Nursing; the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; and the American Dental Association.
In a letter dated July 16, 2012, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) voted to continue the accreditation of FHTC. The next comprehensive evaluation will be in 2021 – 2022.