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The McConnell Connection


Malana Salyer,
Civic Education Coordinator, announces departure from the McConnell Center


Statement from Gary Gregg, McConnell Center director

"We won't be able to replicate and replace someone as special as Malana, but I want all of Kentucky's outstanding teachers to know that we will continue to serve and continue to fight to have the education of our young citizens find a place of respect and honor in our schools and our communities."

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It is a bittersweet day for me, as we announce my resignation from the McConnell Center. The McConnell Center brought me to Louisville twelve years ago and has been my home ever since. However, as my family grows, I now must go in a different direction to be the best mother and wife I can be.

When Dr. Gary Gregg first mentioned the new civic education initiative to me almost eight years ago, I knew immediately it was something in which I wanted to be involved. Looking now at how much we have accomplished in the time since, I am astonished at the impact we have made in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in such a short time. I am excited to see how the McConnell Center’s civic education program continues to thrive in my absence. I have no doubt the next chapter will be even greater than the introduction.

I have been so fortunate to work with the most passionate educators, hopeful students and powerful community organizations in the state. Great things are happening here in Kentucky, and I feel grateful to have been a part of the effort.  Most of all, I am appreciative of the friends I have made on this journey, and hopeful that these relationships continue.

I would be remiss if I didn’t briefly thank Dr. Gary Gregg for being an amazing mentor, boss, and most importantly, friend; Ms. Sherry Allen for being the glue that holds the McConnell Center together; Deborah, Aaron, Glypie, Trisha, and all the other colleagues who have made this job enjoyable over the years; and of course, Senator Mitch McConnell for his vision and dedication to the important cause of civic education.

We have accomplished a lot, but there is still so much more to be done. I am confident that the McConnell Center will continue to be the leader in civic education in Kentucky, and I am excited to see what the future holds.


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