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Derrick Ramsey named Secretary of Education and Workforce Development

Former Kentucky quarterback Derrick Ramsey has a new job in Frankfort.  This afternoon Governor Matt Bevin announced Ramsey will replace Hal Heiner as the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

For the last two and a half years, Ramsey has served as the state’s Secretary of Labor.  In his new position, Ramsey will be responsible for educating, training and preparing Kentucky’s future work force.  Ramsey previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under Governor Ernie Fletcher.

“I am extremely thankful that Gov. Bevin has faith in my ability,” Ramsey said in a statement.  “I am very passionate about education and workforce development and, more importantly, the opportunity to help shape education and workforce development programs for generations to come.  I look forward to this endeavor.”

Ramsey became a Kentucky legend on the football field.  The Wildcats’ first African-American starting quarterback, Ramsey led UK to an SEC Championship and a Peach Bowl victory in 1976.  The following season he was a Third Team All-American for the 10-1 Cats that finished No. 6 in the AP Poll.  Ramsey played tight end for nine years in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders in 1980.

Congratulations to Ramsey, truly one of Kentucky’s best.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Derrick Ramsey named Secretary of Education and Workforce Development



  1. Duuuuuude
    3:59 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    The dude was an absolute stud. He was good for 3 yards any time he wanted to run it, and that was just falling forward. Didn’t hurt having Art Still to toss the ball to.



    • mhs1964
      4:21 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t think he threw it to Still too often. Art Still was All American on the defensive line. Hell of a team.



  2. UKgraduateandfanforlife
    4:37 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    I was a student at UK from 1974-1978. Derrick Ramsey, Warren Bryant, Art Still and the entire team was the best Kentucky Football team I have seen us put on the field in my lifetime. Fran Curci has those guys fired up to play every game. Congratulations Derrick on your new position.



  3. John Henry
    4:40 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    I was at the game in Florida when the 1977 beat them. Florida could not stop either Ramsey or Art Still. What a team that was. Good choice by the governor because Derrick is a winner and he will be a winner in this position as well. The future is bright.



  4. Jesus H. Chrysler
    5:06 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats #12 Bootleg! Mark my words, He’ll be the 1st black governor of Kentucky



  5. Collie
    8:35 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    Showing my age, but as a ten year old Kentucky football fan Ramsey is a name I will never forget. He was a stud whenever he was on the field, whatever he did.