Rider named to Prichard Committee

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By Kelly Cantrall

A local education advocate now is working for academic improvement on the state level.

Al Rider, who recently announced his retirement as president and CEO of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation, has become a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The committee is a statewide organization whose mission is improving public education at all levels, from preschool to postsecondary.

Rider was approached by the committee’s executive director, Stu Silberman, a few months ago about his interest in joining the committee. The interests of the committee and CKCF overlap, as they both seek the betterment of education.

“I thought my experience in education would be a good fit,” Rider said.

Rider said he was “surprised and humbled” by the invitation, though he knew the committee was familiar with the work of CKCF.

“They’d been following us for quite some time,” he said.

There are about 120 committee members across the state, but the area surrounding Hardin County was in need of representation, he said.

Rider said he was interested in seeing ideas in education from other parts of the state, and hopes to facilitate a stronger relationship between Hardin County and the committee. The Prichard Committee conducts esearch into educational best practices, Rider said, and that could equip local schools with the best information.

Rider announced last month he was stepping down Jan. 31 from a leadership position at CKCF. He will remain with the foundation in a part-time role while vice president Davette Swiney takes the helm in February.

This is the first position he’s accepted since the announcement, he said.

Prichard Committee added six members in addition to Rider at its fall meeting.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.