RICHMOND Ky. — Eastern Kentucky University has selected Colleen Chaney to be chief of staff and chief communications officer. Chaney will lead critical functions and initiatives of the President’s Office and the President’s Cabinet, and provide direct leadership to the Office of Communications and Brand Management.
Chaney brings more than 20 years of experience serving the citizens of Kentucky. With a keen interest in public administration, she earned degrees in both political science and communications from Indiana University. She later continued her education by earning her Master of Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.
Chaney began her career in public and member relations with the Kentucky League of Cities, then served as the youngest female commissioner for Gov. Ernie Fletcher in the Governor’s Office of Local Development, and transitioned to director of corporate and legislative affairs for Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
She then focused her statewide experience on her home county by working with Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger and later serving as district director for Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr, and most recently as deputy judge-executive for Madison County Judge-Executive/Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) President Reagan Taylor.
Chaney lives in Madison County with her husband, J.D. Chaney, and their daughters, Adaleen and Evaleen.
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