Kay Ellen Ivey Edit Profile
Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, 1967. Certified in Marketing, University Colorado, 1975. Certified in Banking, University South Alabama.
Certified in Strategic Leadership for State Executives, Duke University, 1989.
Ivey formerly served as the 38th Alabama
She has worked as a high school teacher, a bank officer and as Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office. In 1982, Ivey had run unsuccessfully for State Auditor as a Democrat. She was Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1998.
Ivey took office as in 2003, after defeating Stephen Black, the grandson of former United States Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, in the 2002 general election, by a margin of 52–48%. In 2006, Ivey was re-elected over Democrat Steve Segrest by a 60–40% margin. She was the first Republican elected since Reconstruction.
As Treasurer, Ivey put the sources of state’s billions of dollars in tax revenue, as well as the state's total expenditures, online for public view. She updated the office's technology, trimmed the payroll and adopted private-sector management techniques. As a result, Treasurer Ivey saved the taxpayer nearly five million dollars in administrative costs during her term.
As Treasurer, Ivey also oversaw the near complete financial collapse of the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program. Under the Alabama Constitution, Ivey was not eligible to seek re-election to a third term in 2010. Ivey's name surfaced in press speculation about gubernatorial candidates in 2010.
On June 24, 2009, Ivey announced her candidacy for governor at a series of events in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama. However, on March 31, 2010, Ivey abandoned her run for governor and qualified to run for lieutenant governor. On November 2, 2010, in a Republican sweep of statewide offices, Ivey defeated Democratic incumbent Jim Folsom, Jr., who was seeking an unprecedented fourth term.
Member advisory board School Business Auburn University, 1980-1983. Candidate Alabama State Auditor, 1982. Secretary Alabama division American Cancer Society, since 1985.
Board directors Alabama Girl's State School, 1983-1985, Stetson Hoedown Rodeo Queen's Pageant, Montgomery, Montgomery Young Men’s Christian Association. Board trustees Sheriff's Boys and Girls Ranches. Charter trustee, Alabama Banking School.
Member Industrial Developers Alabama, Young Men's Business Organization, Public Relations Council Alabama (board directors 1976-1982), Daughters of the American Revolution (state chairman 1985-1986), Alabama Young Bankers (past president), Alabama Bankers Association (chairman education committee, consultant), Alabama Forestry Association, Alpha Gamma Delta (distinguished citizen award 1986), Montgomery Rotary Club (director, Paul Harris award), Homemakers American (honorary), Future Farmers American.