FRANKFORT – (TNS) Lawrence County Superintendent Robbie Fletcher has been selected as the next Kentucky education commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education officials said Thursday.

“We sought a leader who embodies the qualities of an ambassador and statesperson, an expert instructional leader, a strong organizational leader and a visionary innovator. We are confident that Dr. Fletcher met these requirements and is excited about the future of education in the Commonwealth under his leadership,” said Kentucky Board of Education Chairman Sharon Porter Robinson.