Chandler To Head Up Kentucky Humanities Council

May 10, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Humanities Council has named former Congressman Ben Chandler as its new executive director.

The non-profit group is not affiliated with the state, but works closely with state tourism and arts organizations. It is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chandler will officially start July 1st. Current executive director Virginia G. Carter will retire in August.

At a press conference Friday, Chandler joked that he's looking forward to taking a hiatus from politics.

"It's an opportunity to continue to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky and not have to ask people for votes all the time and I suspect maybe not get yelled at quite as much, so I'm just very happy about it. I'm happy to have the opportunity to serve my fellow Kentuckians," he said.

Chandler served nine years in Congress, representing Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District.