Robert D. Vance

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Address: 821 Park Drive, Maysville, KY 41056

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Length of Service on the Board: Appointed August 1, 2014

Term Expires: June 30, 2020

Offices/Positions Held on the Board: Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, 2018-present; Chair, University Health Care Committee (2017); Member, Executive Committee; Member, Finance Committee; Member, Investment Committee.

Mr. Vance recently retired as Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet, having served as head of the cabinet since December 2007. As Secretary he oversaw the Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Insurance, Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Department of Charitable Gaming, Board of Tax Appeals, the Board of Claims/Crime Victims Compensation Board, Office of Occupations and Professions and the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority.

During his tenure as cabinet secretary, Bob Vance has also served as a member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Task Force to enhance the safety and integrity of horse racing in Kentucky. He also chaired the Governor’s Task Force on the Study of Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws which led to wide changes in the way in which Kentucky licenses entities who manufacture, distribute and sell alcohol in the Commonwealth.

In November 2013, the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission presented Mr. Vance the prestigious Livingston Taylor Ethics Award for the 2011-2013 biennium. The Commission established this biennial award program to recognize individuals, programs, or agencies within the executive branch of state government for their outstanding achievement and contributions in promoting the ethical conduct of executive branch employees. 

A native of Grant County, he earned business and law degrees at the University of Kentucky. He also is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and the Executive Banking Institute at the University of Louisville. He has spent most of his career in banking, serving as chairman or senior officer of a number of banking institutions across Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

He and his wife Judy, a retired nurse, have three daughters and one son, and nine grandchildren.

Updated September 18, 2018 by Web Administrator