Johnny Collett

University of Kentucky Human Development Institute
University Center on Disability
University of Kentucky
126 Mineral Industries Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0051
Phone: 859-257-2304
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: February 21, 2022

Johnny Collett

Leadership Administrative Staff: Deputy Director
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Johnny Collett is deputy director at the University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute (HDI). Before joining HDI, Collett served as Assistant U.S. Education Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Prior to that, Collett served as program director for special education outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers. He has also served in senior leadership roles at the Kentucky Department of Education, and as a high school special education teacher.

From his role as a classroom teacher, to state special education director, to the United States' highest-ranking official for special education and rehabilitative services, Collett has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to raising expectations and improving outcomes for people with disabilities. Added to that is his career-long commitment to meaningful and effective collaboration with diverse stakeholders - whether students, parents, educators, business leaders, disability advocates, Governors, state legislators, or members of Congress.

Collett's extensive portfolio of leadership experience, including implementation of state and Federal laws and policies and numerous systems change efforts, provide him with a unique perspective on matters related to improving the educational and employment outcomes of people with disabilities.