Kentucky State University has hired former Fayette County Public Schools official Vincent Mattox as the new assistant to the president for academic and school district outreach.
Mattox recently resigned from the Fayette school district, where he was senior director of equity, school support and community engagement.
He also had worked as principal assistant to the associate commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education.
"If we want to recruit the best and the brightest students in the nation, close achievement gaps and promote teacher education, we have to have a strong connection and relation with the best institutions. Mr. Mattox will give us the connection we need," KSU President Raymond M. Burse said in a news release.
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Mattox's role at KSU will include coordinating communication between KSU's departments and offices and local school districts and schools; directing outreach efforts to districts, schools and community groups; and working with district schools through minority recruitment and retention initiatives.
Mattox, in the news release, said the KSU position "was a great opportunity to share best practices and research at the college level. Looking at the needs assessment for the schools and having a laser focus on the schools, community and districts is very unique."