FRANKFORT, Ky. — Jamie Link has been named executive director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) – the state agency overseeing the KentuckyWired project. During a special meeting Wednesday, Link was voted in and hired by the KCNA board. He replaces interim director Deck Decker.
Link brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the agency. Previously he has served as the finance director for UK Student and Academic Life, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, deputy chief of staff for former Gov. Steve Beshear and deputy cabinet secretary for Kentucky Finance and Administration.
“I am honored to join the team at the Kentucky Communications Network Authority and look forward to advancing the project for world-class service to every area of the commonwealth and to our citizens,” Link said. “I truly believe the projects will be transformational to our state and establish Kentucky as a national leader in broadband access for economic development, education, healthcare and countless other purposes.”
“After reviewing reports from the auditor and the legislative committee, it is clear that the KentuckyWired project needs an experienced project manager,” said Executive Cabinet Secretary and KCNA board chair J. Michael Brown. “From his executive posts at the University of Kentucky and throughout state government to his successful management of Kentucky’s World Equestrian Games, Jamie has demonstrated he has the skills needed to lead this project. By working together, we are going to expand Kentuckians’ access to broadband and move our commonwealth forward.”