Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Names Troy Body Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of Troy Body as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment (OME).

Body replaces Tierra Kavanaugh Turner, who resigned to return to the private sector. Prior to his new appointment, Body served as a press secretary for Governor Fletcher in the Office of Communications.

“Troy’s education and work experience makes him uniquely qualified to be the executive director of the OME,” said Governor Fletcher. “He understands that we cannot move Kentucky forward unless all the citizens of the commonwealth progress together. I believe Troy will do an outstanding job in this new position.”

“I am honored to be selected for this position in Governor Fletcher’s administration,” said Troy Body. “The Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment is unique because it has the opportunity to be proactive and to do a lot measurable good throughout the commonwealth. The opportunity to connect all the citizens of the commonwealth to their government in a positive manner is an exciting challenge.”

Governor Fletcher has charged Body in his new position to research and report policy recommendations to close the academic achievement gap between minority and non-minority students, increase economic opportunities for minority small business owners, reduce the percentage of incarcerated minorities and help provide better access to local, state and federal government programs and services.

Body began working as a press secretary for the governor in January of this year. Prior to joining the administration, he served as commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, where he oversaw the state’s arts, museums, archives, history and historic preservation. He was chairman of the Capitol Building Commission and the Records Management Board. Body also served as the governor’s liaison to the Governor’s Minority Student Strategies Commission.

In May of this year, Body was appointed to the Kentucky Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

A native of Harlan County, he obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree from Marshall University.