A Lexington author has been named executive director of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. Neil Chethik will replace Jan Isenhour, who is retiring after 19 years at the non-profit agency, including leading the center since 1998.
Chethik, 54, has been the Carnegie Center's writer-in-residence for six years. He was selected from more than 100 candidates, according to a news release from the center. He will start the director's job Sept. 6.
Chethik is the author of two books: FatherLoss, which was recently adapted into a PBS documentary, and VoiceMale. He is married to state Rep. Kelly Flood, and they have a son.
Chethik said he plans to continue the center's three most successful programs: youth and family programs, including free after-school tutoring; adult workshops; and arts engagement programs, including readings, contests and seminars. He says he sees Kentucky as the "literary arts capital of mid-America" and the Carnegie Center as its heart.