Brigitte Blom Ramsey has been chosen by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence's board of directors to be executive director.
Ramsey will succeed Stu Silberman, who is to retire effective Sept. 4. Ramsey has been associate executive director of the statewide citizens group since May.
Silberman, a former superintendent of schools in Daviess and Fayette counties, said this month that he was diagnosed recently with a rare kidney disease and eventually would need a transplant.
"Brigitte will do a fantastic job and continue the great work that began in 1983," when the committee was founded, Silberman said in a news release.
"It has been a blessing to work beside her during this year, and I look forward to the four-month transition we will have together. The committee is in good hands as we move into the future."
Silberman had been executive director for four years.
Ramsey, of Falmouth, is former director of public policy for United Way of Greater Cincinnati. She served on the Kentucky Board of Education from May 2008 until April 2014, when she left to take the Prichard Committee post. Ramsey was vice chairman during her last year on the state board.
Her background includes work as an advocate for children and experience as a researcher on state tax and budget issues and poverty in Kentucky. She has been a member of Kentucky's Early Childhood Advisory Council since 2010 and was a member of the Pendleton County Board of Education from 1998 to 2008, the news release said.