The board of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has named Cynthia J. "Cindy" Heine as interim executive director of the statewide education advocacy
Heine will lead the work of the citizens' group until a search committee, established by the board at a meeting this week, names a successor to Robert F. Sexton, the long-time executive director who died August 26, 2010.
"The Prichard Committee and all of Kentucky lost a true champion for children with Bob's passing," said board chair Sam Corbett of Louisville. "We will miss our good friend and leader. We also know that he would expect nothing less of us than to push even harder to improve Kentucky's schools, and that is what we will do. Bob's rich legacy included a strong organization that is staffed by dedicated professionals who are carrying this work forward every day."
Corbett said the search committee would include current and former board members and a staff representative. No specific timeline was set for the search.
Heine joined the Prichard Committee staff in 1989, serving as associate executive director. In addition to managing the day-to-day work of the committee staff, she leads the committee's Strong Start Kentucky: Quality Pre-k for Every Child campaign and is a member of the Governor's Task Force on Early Childhood
Development and Education, and the Master's Redesign Review Committee for the Education Professional Standards Board, among other statewide groups. She also is the author of Kentucky School Updates: A Parent/Citizen Guide.
Heine is a board member of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky and Lexington and is involved in numerous community and church activities. A native of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in nursing, she has lived in Kentucky since 1970. She and her husband, Richard, have two grown children and three grandchildren.
SOURCE: Prichard Committee press release