Commissioner of Education

Thomas Woods-Tucker

Published: 1/24/2024 3:47 PM

​​Thomas Woods-Tucker, Ph. D. was named the Kentucky Department of Education’s deputy commissioner and chief equity officer in the Office of Teaching and Learning in October 2020.

He came to KDE from Douglas County Schools in Colorado, where he was the superintendent. Woods-Tucker previously has served in district leadership positions in Ohio, where he was named the 2016 American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators State Superintendent of the Year. In 2013, he earned the National Alliance of Black School Educators National Superintendent of the Year Award.

Originally from northeastern Arkansas, Woods-Tucker earned his doctorate in communications and higher education and a master’s in educational administration from The Ohio State University. He received a bachelor’s in English education from Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Ark.).


​Thomas Woods-Tucker

Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer
Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL)

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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