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Matt Bevin names Hal Heiner to head education, workforce cabinet

Hal Heiner, shown at a gubernatorial candidate forum in January, has been named secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet by Gov.-elect Matt Bevin.
Hal Heiner, shown at a gubernatorial candidate forum in January, has been named secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet by Gov.-elect Matt Bevin. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has picked Louisville businessman Hal Heiner, one of Bevin’s opponents in last May’s Republican primary election for governor, to be his secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Heiner has been vocal in calling for charter schools in Kentucky.

“Modernizing our education system is essential to the future success of our commonwealth,” Bevin said Friday in announcing the appointment. “Hal has the proven experience and commitment to ensure that we make meaningful progress for students at all levels.”

Heiner said the state’s most important responsibility is providing options for education that help citizens achieve “their most fulfilled life.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work towards improvement of those options and broadening their availability,” Heiner said. “I look forward to the day that every Kentuckian has the specialized educational options available in so many other states.”

Heiner has been active in civic and political activities. He has been a vice chairman of Greater Louisville Inc. and was elected in 2002 to the Louisville Metro Council. He served on it for eight years.

Modernizing our education system is essential to the future success of our commonwealth.

Hal Heiner

He is founding chairman of Kentuckians Advocating for Reform in Education and of Kentucky Charter Schools Association and was chairman of the Christian Academy of Louisville School System.

He also served on the Asbury University Board of Trustees, the University of Louisville Board of Overseers and the Summit Academy Board of Trustees. He currently sits on the Metro Leadership Foundation Board, which is focused on after-school instruction for elementary school children.

Heiner, who has a master’s degree in engineering, was a partner in a civil engineering firm before becoming president of the commercial division of a multistate development company.

In 1997, Heiner founded Capstone Realty. It has developed more than 5 million square feet of office and industrial buildings.

Bevin also on Friday appointed Lexington attorney Tom B. Stephens to be secretary of the Personnel Cabinet. He is a former general counsel of the cabinet and served four years on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov.-elect Jenean Hampton has named Steve Knipper of Independence as her chief of staff. Knipper is a former member of the Erlanger City Council and was this year’s Republican nominee for secretary of state.

Bevin, who takes office Tuesday, has not yet released the salaries for any of the new appointments.

Jack Brammer: 502-227-1198, @BGPolitics

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