Kentucky Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman announced Thursday she is stepping away from her position as secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet Mary Pat Regan will assume duties of acting secretary.
Coleman has been the first in Kentucky to serve as both lt. governor and secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
In a video message, Coleman said it has been the “honor of a lifetime” to serve in the role and touted the work of the cabinet through the pandemic.
“There is so much work to be done in the education and workforce development arena to support an economy that is on fire. While I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in a dual role in the administration, I know that seeing these commitments through requires a laser-like focus. So today, I am saying farewell to my role as cabinet secretary because I know it is in good hands,” Coleman said. “My focus as Lt. Governor and my commitment to the Beshear-Coleman administration remains the same, it will just look a little different as we respond to the demands of a booming economy.”
Regan, who has been serving as deputy secretary since January 2020, is the former President of AT&T Kentucky and was on the board of the Kentucky Chamber during that time. She has also held positions with TKT & Associates and Canopy.