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Helen Mountjoy resigns as state Education secretary

October 28, 2009

Helen Mountjoy has resigned her position as secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet effective Nov. 30, citing “a long commute and a desire to spend more time with her family,” Gov. Steve Beshear‘s office announced today.

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Helen Mountjoy

Mountjoy, an Owensboro resident, was appointed secretary in 2007 and previously worked with the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. She served on the Kentucky Board of Education, and chaired that body from 1998 to 2004.

From the press release –

“Education and workforce development are the issues closest to my heart, and it’s been a privilege to serve as cabinet secretary,” Mountjoy said.  “I am looking forward to continuing some of that work, and I’m also looking forward to spending more time with my family in Owensboro.”

Mountjoy noted that because of the importance of education and workforce issues facing Kentucky, she continued in this position a year longer than she had committed to originally. She will continue to be active in promoting these issues in the Commonwealth.

Gov. Beshear said he will immediately begin a search for Mountjoy’s replacement.

Mountjoy will continue to serve on the Transforming Education in Kentucky task force recently created by Beshear.

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