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Derrick Ramsey
Kentucky Secretary of Labor
Assumed office
December 8, 2015
Governor Matt Bevin
Kentucky Deputy Secretary of Commerce
In office
Governor Ernie Fletcher
Personal details
Born (1956-12-23) December 23, 1956 (age 64)
Hastings, Florida
Alma mater University of Kentucky

Derrick Kent Ramsey (born December 23, 1956) is the Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development[1], having been appointed by Governor Matt Bevin.[2] He was the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher from 2003 to 2007.[2] He is also a former professional American football player who played tight end for nine seasons for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, New England Patriots, and Detroit Lions.

Ramsey grew up in Hastings, Florida and attended Hastings High School, where he won state championships in his first two years. He moved to live with an uncle in Camden, New Jersey and play for the Camden High School football team, which went 2-8 in his junior year and won the New Jersey state championship in his senior year.[3]

Derrick Ramsey
Career information
Position(s): Tight End/Quarterback
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 5 / Pick: 136
Playing stats at

Ramsey was a quarterback and tight end at the University of Kentucky, where he was part of the team that won the 1976 SEC Championship and the 1976 Peach Bowl.[4] He was first team All SEC and third-team All-American as QB in 1977 when Kentucky finished with a 10-1 record and #6 ranking in the final AP poll. Ramsey also played two games on the basketball team as a walk-on in 1976. [5]

He served as the Athletic Director at Coppin State University from 2008 to 2015.[6]


  2. 2.0 2.1 "Derrick Ramsey to head Labor Cabinet under Bevin". Associated Press State Wire. December 2, 2015.
  3. Hitchner, Emelia. "Catching up with a hometown hero", The St. Augustine Record, June 26, 2016. Accessed July 25, 2019. "'By going to Camden, we thought that opportunity would be afforded to me,' Ramsey said. 'And it was.' While playing at Camden High School, Ramsey added another high school football championship to his resume in 1974."
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  5. "Derrick Ramsey". Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  6. "Coppin State Athletic Department". July 26, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2015.