Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson to resign from position at Harvard

kward1@herald-leader.comApril 8, 2014 

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Former Kentucky Sec. of State Trey Grayson speaks to the media Saturday at the 133 Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. Grayson is currently the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson said Tuesday that he is resigning from his position at Harvard University effective June 30, the end of the academic year, for reasons related to his family.

Since 2011, Grayson has been director of the Institute of Politics, a part of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Grayson's two daughters are in eighth and fifth grades, and he said he and his wife, Nancy, want to be settled elsewhere before they enter high school.

"It's been a great experience up here," he said. "The timing's right to move on."

Grayson, who was a finalist in January for Transylvania University's presidency, said he does not have a new job lined up.

He said he would like to move back to Kentucky, but he has no plans to run for elected office in the next several years.

Grayson was elected secretary of state in 2003 and reelected 2007. He lost a bid for the U.S. Senate to Rand Paul in the Republican primary in 2010.

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