Current superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools
FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (May 23, 2017) — Gene Kirchner has been hired as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Kirchner has been superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools since 2012. He is retiring in June. He also has served as a member of the NKY Chamber Board of Directors and as a member of its Business Advocacy Committee.
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. Kirchner implemented an innovative five-year plan to incorporate emerging technologies into the classroom.
Before working for Fort Thomas Schools, Kirchner served as deputy superintended for Walton-Verona Schools, as well as principal of Walton-Verona High School.
Kirchner earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Kentucky University.