Richard Paulk will replace David Adams as the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, effective May 15.
Adams is stepping down from the post but will become an at-large board member of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.
“David helped shine a light on how we better need to connect to the business community and helped shepherd our efforts through the legislative budget process,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a press release.
Paulk became the agency’s chief administrative officer in January.
“Richard’s strategic and financial background in several industries is the right fit as we continue DWD’s service to Hoosiers, whether it is helping them to obtain education and training or finding a job,” Holcomb said. “He will continue to be a great partner with like-minded entities inside and outside of government.”
Paulk starting off in the private sector with an emphasis on finance for organizations such as Chicago Rising, which restores buildings for both commercial and residential interests, and offers employment for former offenders.
Paulk earned a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University and a master of business administration, finance and accounting from the University of Michigan.