Prichard Committee leader will address Paducah Chamber’s BEP | Local News

Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee, will be the featured speaker for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership (BEP) on Thursday.

The luncheon meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Commerce Center, 300 S. 3rd St., in the Paducah Bank Community Room.

The luncheon is sponsored by Harper Industries. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required.

“We are very pleased to have Ms. Ramsey visit our area and provide us with important information about the Prichard Committee and their work in Kentucky on behalf of improving our education standards,” said Sonny Smith, Paducah Chamber vice chair of Education and Workforce and chair of the BEP.

Ramsey will present an overview of the Prichard Committee’s areas of focus and the recent policy changes in Frankfort that will have an impact on local schools and students. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is a citizen-led, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to improve the quality of education in Kentucky.

The organization was established by a group of volunteers in 1983. Since that time, Kentucky has climbed from the bottom of the national rankings in education to the middle and even above on some indicators. The group’s mission is to see Kentucky move to the top tier of all states for education outcomes within this generation.

Ramsey joined the staff in 2014 as associate director and became executive director in 2016. Previously, she was director of public policy for United Way of Greater Cincinnati. She served on the board of education for Pendleton County for 10 years and as a member of the Kentucky Board of Education for six years, completing her tenure as vice chair. She holds undergraduate degrees from Northern Kentucky University and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Kentucky Martin School.

Those interested in attending should register on line,, email or call 270-443-1746 by no later than noon Tuesday.

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