The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce announced today that Kirchner has been hired as Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He will join the Chamber upon his retirement from Fort Thomas Schools on June 30.
“I’m thrilled to have Gene on board. I have known him for about 30 years, and it will be fun to work with him,” said Trey Grayson, President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber. “His commitment to excellence, innovative leadership experiences, and his passion for our community and the Chamber make him a tremendous addition to our team.”
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During his tenure with Fort Thomas Schools, Kirchner spent hours in Frankfort lobbying for public education, and successfully lobbied for more than $20 million in state funding for Fort Thomas, mainly for the renovation of Ruth Moyer Elementary. Also during his time with Fort Thomas, Kirchner implemented an innovative five-year plan to incorporate emerging technologies into the classroom.
“Gene is an amazing hire for the NKY Chamber,” said Brent Cooper, President of C-Forward. “He has key relationships with legislators and business leaders, and is beloved by educators all around the state. He also brings extensive management experience. His quality achievements leading Walton-Verona and Fort Thomas Schools are unparalleled.”
Before his time with Fort Thomas Schools, Kirchner served as deputy superintended for Walton-Verona Schools, as well as principal of Walton-Verona High School.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in representing the business community and our region as a whole,” said Kirchner. “I believe that Northern Kentucky is well positioned for success in a very competitive global marketplace, and look forward to collaboratively achieving world-class results.”
As Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kirchner will have a focus on advocacy, operations, and strategic initiatives all aimed at helping the Chamber achieve its mission of promoting and supporting the development of strong businesses and a vibrant economy in the Northern Kentucky region, through leadership and advocacy, resulting in a better quality of life overall.
Kirchner earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.
Last week, Fort Thomas Matters broke the news of Kirchner's replacement as superintendent in Dr. Karen Cheser.