Kentucky’s top higher education official could be joining President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a White House news release.

Trump intends to nominate Robert King, the outgoing president of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, as assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the Department of Education, a Tuesday release said.

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

King did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Robert King

King has been president of CPE, which governs higher and adult education in Kentucky, since 2009. According to his biography, he “led statewide efforts to work collaboratively with his counterparts in K-12 education, has focused campus attention on student success, and is encouraging significant reform in teacher and principal training.”

He also helped create and implement Kentucky’s first performance funding model for higher education.

King announced in March that he would retire in June but is still in the position, according to a CPE spokeswoman. A search for the council’s next president continues, with the succeeding president expected to start in December.

Before joining CPE, King worked as chancellor of the State University of New York system and as the Arizona Community Foundation’s president and CEO, according to the release.

He also worked with the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars for nine years and served on the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

This article has been updated to include a statement from CPE. 

Olivia Krauth
Krauth reports on education in Louisville, including JCPS, the University of Louisville and state policy.Before joining Insider Louisville, she covered technology and business as a reporter at TechRepublic. She also spent time on the data team at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas as a Dow Jones intern.Krauth graduated from UofL, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism with a minor in Russian studies.Email Olivia at [email protected]