Commissioner of Education

Interim Commissioner of Education

Published: 2/22/2024 8:57 AM

​​​​​​​​​​​​Robin Fields Kinney

The Kentucky Board of Education named Robin Fields Kinney as interim state commissioner of education during a special meeting on Sept. 14.

Kinney has served as an associate commissioner in the Office of Finance and Operations for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). She assumed her role as interim commissioner on Sept. 30, 2023.

Kinney first joined KDE from 2003 to 2008, and then rejoined in 2015. She previously served as interim commissioner for a short period in December of 2019 following the departure of former Commissioner Wayne Lewis.

Kinney's prior work experience also includes legal practice in Kentucky and Florida, and public service as general counsel of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and deputy secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet.

Kinney received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kentucky (UK) and a juris doctorate from UK's College of Law. She is a licensed attorney in Kentucky and Florida.

Kinney and her husband, Scott, reside in Frankfort. Her daughter, Megan, is a teacher in Shelby County Public Schools.​

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Robin Fields Kinney Interim Commissioner of Education

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Interim Commissioner of Education


Stacy Ball
Executive Secretary/Scheduler
Office of the Commissioner of Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 892-6154 Ext. 4801
Fax (502) 564-3049


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