By Holly Wise
Killeen Daily Herald

Central Texas College announced the appointment of its new deputy chancellor Tuesday ­— a man who is no stranger to the college.

John Hunt, who currently serves as the dean of central campus, will fill the shoes of his retiring predecessor Bill Alexander.

Previously, Hunt was the site manager of the Mayport Naval Station, CTC’s Navy campus in Jacksonville, Fla.

Hunt said he enjoys working with military students because of their broad experience and devotion as students.

“They generally do what you tell them to do in class,” he said. “They’re used to following orders, and they’re used to following instruction. They’re good students.”

In May 2010, Hunt relocated to Killeen, a move that did not surprise him. “I had always known working with Central Texas (College) that I would eventually wind up here,” he said.

When he started with CTC in 1990, Hunt said he wasn’t thinking in terms of obtaining a deputy chancellor position, but the possibility became a reality after reaching the dean’s position.

“As an ambitious person, I aspire to greater things,” he said. “It’s greater responsibility and a greater leadership role.”

Hunt is replacing Alexander who is retiring after 31 years at CTC. Alexander is moving to San Antonio to volunteer his academic expertise.

“My goal is to break the cycle of poverty and make sure the students who are less fortunate in our society have the same support and services that are available to the students who walk in the doors of Central Texas College,” Alexander said.

Hunt said Alexander will be helping through the transition, which will occur in September.

“His expertise doesn’t go away just because the page on the calendar turns,” Hunt said.

Alexander expressed thanks to the CTC board of trustees and chancellor Jim Anderson for “allowing me to dream great dreams and implement them.”

Bruce Vasbinder, CTC’s spokesman, said the campus welcomes Hunt into his new role.

“We are very pleased to have John Hunt as our next deputy chancellor,” he said. “His goals will be in line with the overall goals of CTC, which are to maximize growth, provide optimum education opportunities for our students and maintain our strong presence in the community.”