Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George will step down in July. George has served in the role since 2011.
Gov. Sam Brownback, who appointed George, said he was grateful for George’s service to the state.
“Through his leadership, the department of commerce has evolved into a world-class organization serving the needs of our existing businesses and helping bring new business to Kansas,” Brownback said.
George is stepping down in order to become the President and CEO of the Valley Hope Association, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of alcoholism and substance abuse treatment.
George said he was honored and humbled to have been appointed to Brownback’s cabinet.
“I have been blessed to work alongside colleagues who have devoted their talents and time to making Kansas a better place and I know that the agency and its mission are in good hands,” George said. “I also look forward to joining a dedicated Valley Hope team that has been successful in giving so many people help and hope for a life free from addiction.”
The commerce department’s mission is to lead the state’s economic development through job creation, attracting investment and providing workforce training.