Michael Andrews recently joined the Prichard Committee as its communications director. Most recently, he was senior vice president for community engagement for the Arts & Science Council, the local arts agency in Charlotte, N.C., leading government relations, marketing and fund raising strategy.

In this new position for the Prichard Committee, Andrews will lead communications and media relations. The role will amplify the committee’s policy and grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of excellent education in Kentucky.

“Helping citizens understand the range of important issues confronting Kentucky’s education system is the foundation of the Prichard Committee’s work,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, the Prichard Committee executive director. “For Kentucky to move forward from the middle of the national rankings in education to the top tier, we need to communicate clearly and engage all stakeholders — the media, policy makers, business leaders, educators, parents and students.”

“I am delighted to join the Prichard Committee team,” Andrews said. “Few education advocacy groups in the nation have led the charge for education excellence with more fervor, commitment and grounding in best practices. Kentucky’s aspiration to be a top tier state in preparing children to succeed in school and in life is an admirable quest that I am privileged to help advance along with the committee’s staff, members and many partners.”

Andrews has served in a variety of positions for the last 20 years related to communicating about education issues, including messaging and media relations for school bond referenda, statewide early childhood programs, education associations and postsecondary education as well as leading communications efforts for programs that protect and serve vulnerable children and families.

Andrews has a BA in English from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. He is accredited in public relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America. He lives in Winchester and is a member of the board of the Clark County Homeless Coalition.

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