FCPS names new Sr. Director of Administrative Services

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced the hiring of a new Senior Director of Administrative Services.

Hiren Desai, the state education department’s Associate Commissioner for the Office of Administration and Support since 2009, will be taking over the role, overseeing the departments of financial services, budget and staffing, human resources and Munis technology for FCPS. Desai has also held legal and management positions in the state Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Governor’s Office for Technology, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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Originally born in Zimbabwe, Desai is a naturalized American of Asian descent who moved to Lexington in 1990, at the age of 16, to attend the University of Kentucky. He majored in finance and management and holds both a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and a juris doctor degree from UK.

Desai said he was attracted to Caulk’s vision of establishing the Fayette County Public Schools not just as the top school district in Kentucky, but as a globally competitive school district that leads the nation.

“I’m excited to join FCPS and help the entire team and community partners in moving the district forward,” Desai said. “I want every student in Fayette County to be able to compete at a global level.  We want to equip them to work and compete anywhere.”

Desai will officially assume his duties on January 4, 2016.