- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (AP) - Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson has been tapped from his post at Harvard University to become president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Incoming Chamber Chairman Steve Harper of Harper Oil Products said in a news release on the chamber’s website that the organization conducted a national search for a new president. The chamber said more than 100 people applied.

Chamber Chairwoman Debbie Simpson of Multi-Craft said Grayson will have a new approach to help the region work together.

The 42-year-old Grayson is a northern Kentucky native. He was secretary of state from 2004 to 2011 before becoming director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

Grayson ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010, losing to eventual winner Rand Paul.

He succeeds Brent Cooper, president of C-Forward Information Technologies in Covington, who has been interim president since February.

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