Kentucky official nominated for U.S. Department of Education post


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Robert L. King, the head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is being nominated by President Donald Trump to a post in the U.S. Department of Education.

King is in line for the job of Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos. 

He must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

King has served as CPE President since January 2009.  He is a
former chancellor of the State University of New York, one of the largest comprehensive systems of universities, colleges and community colleges in the world. 

Before coming to Kentucky, he was president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide charitable foundation with a strong focus on education, economic development, and scientific research.

“No one is more deserving, capable and ready to serve at this level than Bob King,” said Council Chair Sherrill Zimmerman. “Bob has been a tremendous asset to Kentucky, and he will continue his strong leadership in this new role.”  

In the past, he spent nine years on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President George W. Bush. In addition, he has served on the Education Committee of the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); as an adviser to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education regarding reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in Congress; the board of directors of the National Soccer Hall of Fame; and the board of trustees of Prescott College located in Prescott, Arizona.

King was also a district attorney in San Luis Obispo, California and Rochester, New York, before serving three terms in the New York State Legislature and later as Monroe County executive in Rochester.  He also spent time in the New York Governor’s office as budget director and director of the Office of Regulatory Reform.

King received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and a Juris Doctor in 1971 from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee. He has four grown children and two grandchildren.

President Trump announced his intention to nominate King to the Department of Education on Tuesday.  


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