Ginni Fox, past executive director of KET, was among five individuals honored last week by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education at the 2013 Annual Governorís Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship in Louisville. Fox received the Oak Award, which is given annually to outstanding alumni of Kentucky colleges or universities.
A school librarian at the time, Fox joined KET in 1968, the month KET went on the air for the first time. She quickly grasped the potential of the medium, and by 1975 was KETís deputy executive director, working hand in hand with KETís founder O. Leonard Press. When she assumed leadership of the network in 1991 to become KETís second CEO, Fox began to grow KET into a nationally known and recognized force in education.
During her tenure, Fox increased the number and quality of high school distance learning courses available to Kentucky students and partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide exceptional professional development programs for Kentucky educators on multiple platforms, among many other initiatives.
In addition, during this time KET expanded its reach into the homes of every Kentuckian. Fox vastly increased the amount and variety of local, public and instructional programs. Many of todayís favorite Kentucky programs ó Kentucky Life, Kentucky Tonight, Jubilee and more ó were initiated under Foxís leadership. She retired from KET in 2002.
A 1961 graduate of Morehead State University, Fox is also the former secretary of the Kentucky Education Cabinet.
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