UK's first African-American QB will head Labor Cabinet under Gov.-elect Bevin

12/02/2015 04:04 PM

Former University of Kentucky quarterback Derrick Ramsey has been named the next Labor Cabinet secretary, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin announced in a news release Wednesday.

The first African-American quarterback at UK, Ramsey served as deputy secretary of commerce in Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration.

“He has been successful in many arenas — both on and off the field,” Bevin said of Ramsey in a news release. “His passion for excellence and his superior management skills will be critical to his success in this new role. He will be a staunch advocate for Kentucky’s workers and an integral member of our team.”

The 58-year-old played for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions in nine NFL seasons as a tight end from 1978 through 1985 and 1987. He won a Super Bowl championship with the Oakland Raiders in 1981.

After his professional football career ended, Ramsey served as community relations officer and director of development and community relations at UK, according to the release. He went on to become athletic director at Kentucky State University in Frankfort from 1999 though 2003, developing the Student Athlete Excellence in Academics Program, the release says.

Most recently, Ramsey was athletic director of Coppin State University in Baltimore. He held that position from 2008 until his resignation Nov. 18.

“I am honored to be chosen by Governor-Elect Bevin for this post,” Ramsey said in a statement. “I am excited to return to public service and help the Commonwealth of Kentucky become the greatest place to work and live.”

Ramsey has been inducted in the UK Hall of Fame and named to the school’s all-time football team, and his jersey was retired in 1992, according to the release.


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