Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that he has promoted Floyd County native Les Fugate to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Fugate has served as Grayson's Director of Communications since January of 2004 and was later promoted to Director of Communications and Executive Advisor to the Secretary.
"I am delighted to have Les lead additional aspects of our office," remarked Grayson. "He is one of the brightest young leaders in our state and has demonstrated the ability to work with members of the press, local officials, and members of the legislature from both parties. He will do an excellent job communicating the positions of our office and moving our legislative agendas forward to improve the elections process and business climate of our state."
Fugate previously oversaw all aspects of the Office of the Secretary of State's communications efforts including serving as the office spokesperson and webmaster for the internationally acclaimed website; in addition to his previous responsibilities, he will now oversee the office's legislative initiatives where he works with a talented team to pass and implement Secretary Grayson's expansive legislative agenda.
"It is an honor to serve as the primary advocate for Secretary Grayson's initiatives, and I look forward to advancing his agenda in Kentucky," remarked Fugate. "Secretary Grayson's principled, balanced leadership supports the innovative ideas and legislation he proposes. This vision for our Commonwealth makes it considerably easier to successfully promote."
Fugate's leadership has been recognized by a variety of associations. He recently completed the Leadership East Kentucky Program; Ignite Louisville, a leadership program for young professionals in Louisville; and Focus Louisville, a leadership program for newcomers to the city. Fugate, a Prestonsburg native, has lived in Louisville since beginning work for state government. He was recently profiled in the Courier Journal's sister publication, Velocity Weekly, as one of fourteen "next generation of leaders in Louisville."
Les is a member of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) & Kentucky Association of Government Communicators (KAGC) where he just finished two terms as treasurer. He was recently honored as a 2006 finalist for the prestigious Jennifer Schaaf Memorial Award for excellence in government communications. This award, presented by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, recognizes the outstanding public information officer in Kentucky.
Outside of work, Fugate is active in the performing arts serving as a board member for the Kentucky Theatre Association, Jenny Wiley Theatre, and the Actor's Theatre of Louisville Generation One board. He is active member of the Westport Road Church of Christ.
A 1998 graduate of Prestonsburg High School, Fugate is a graduate of Centre College where he received a B.A. in Economics and of Vanderbilt University where he received an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. He is the son of Marshall and Jackie Fugate of Prestonsburg.