Jack Moreland

Jack Moreland serves as president of Southbank Partners, where he is responsible for leading day-to-day operations of the organization.

Moreland is one of Kentucky's most distinguished and recognized educators and leaders, a proven and successful administrator known for his ability to manage and direct complex organizations. He has served as a public school teacher, principal and superintendent; university president; and top Kentucky education official, where he helped merge the state's community college system.

Moreland was raised on a Bracken County tobacco farm. He began his career as a science teacher at Dayton (Kentucky) High School, where he was promoted to principal and ultimately superintendent of the Dayton Public Schools.

While with Dayton, Moreland led a handful of small school district superintendents in a lawsuit challenging the state of Kentucky's public school funding formula. The Kentucky Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of Moreland's coalition, leading to the birth of the landmark 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act, or KERA.

In 1996 Moreland was called on to serve as interim president of Northern Kentucky University. During his stint at NKU, Moreland attracted an on-campus reservation center for Delta Air Lines staffed by students and laid the groundwork for construction of a $40 million natural sciences building. In 1997 Kentucky Governor Paul Patton, who had successfully pushed legislation merging the state's community and college system, tapped Moreland to help oversee the transition of the schools into the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). He served for one year as interim chancellor of KCTCS.

After a year in the private sector as director of human resources for the Dayton-based Radac Corporation, Moreland returned to education, serving for eight years as superintendent of the Covington Independent Schools – a district with 4,000 students, 800 faculty and a $41 million annual budget. He left Covington in 2008.

Moreland holds a bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and two advanced degrees from Xavier University. His extensive list of awards include the Covington Independent Schools Person of The Year, induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame, the NAACP Outstanding Support Award, the Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award from The Covington Business Council, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Walter R. Dunlevy/Frontiersman Award and the Kentucky Superintendent of the Year Award and the Eastern Kentucky University Distinguished Alumnus Award (1997).