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.