Ex Officio Member
Jacqueline Coleman of Harrodsburg is the 58th lieutenant governor of Kentucky and secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. During her time in office, she is focusing on creating an excellent public education system that will produce the future leaders of Kentucky.
Coleman is an educator, basketball coach, writer and founder of a nonprofit. She is only the second educator to be elected lieutenant governor in Kentucky, with her election coming 40 years after former teacher Martha Layne Collins was elected to the same office.
Coleman began her teaching and coaching career in 2008 at Burgin High School (Burgin Independent), where she taught civics and coached girls basketball in a gymnasium named for her grandfather. She later taught and coached at East Jessamine High School (Jessamine County), then served as an instructional coach and assistant principal at Nelson County High School, where she led the girls basketball team to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2017.
In 2013, she founded Lead Kentucky, a nonprofit organization that has helped women attending Kentucky colleges become the next generation of leaders by helping them seek leadership positions on their campuses and across Kentucky. Since its inception, Lead Kentucky has empowered 50 campus ambassadors with 29 different majors on more than a dozen college campuses.
Coleman holds a bachelor's degree in history from Centre College, where she played basketball, and a master's degree in political science from the University of Louisville, where she was a graduate assistant coach for the women's basketball team. She is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky.
She is a graduate of Mercer County High School.
Coleman's term does not expire.
KBE SPOTLIGHT | Time and situation right for Coleman to champion public education
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, center, meets with social studies teacher Mary Shouse of the Stewart Home and School and members of the school’s student council to discuss civic engagement and community service. Coleman, secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, taught for 10 years before joining Gov. Andy Beshear’s gubernatorial campaign in 2018.