Member - CERS Finance Committee
Governor Appointee – Term Expires July 1, 2021
W. Joe Brothers is a member of the CERS Finance Committee. He was originally appointed as the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) representative to the former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board by Governor Bevin in July 2017.
Mr. Brothers is a retired Plant Manager of the Elizabethtown location of Gates Corporation. Prior to becoming Plant Manager, Mr. Brothers was Manager of the Polyurethane Research and Development Division of The Gates Rubber Company. He began his career as a Space Flight Engineer with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in the mid-1960s.
Mr. Brothers has extensive leadership experience in civic and educational organizations. He is a past member of the Kentucky Board of Education, serving as Board Chair from 2007 through 2010; and was on the Executive Board of the Kentucky School Boards Association from 1999 through 2005, serving as KSBA President from 2001 through 2003. Mr. Brothers was a member of the Elizabethtown Board of Education for 19 years, serving as Board Chairman several times during his tenure; and has been a member of numerous School Board committees over the past 30 years. Civic involvement includes membership and leadership roles in the Heartland Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, Optimist Club, and the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Brothers is also active in his church's jail, radio, and mission ministries.
Mr. Brothers received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Alabama, and has completed graduate coursework in Engineering and Business at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Bellarmine University. He has received several awards of recognition throughout his career, including the PTA Paul Mason Legislative Advocate for Children Award and the Charles C. Gates Award of Excellence from the Gates Corporation. He also holds a U.S. Patent with two other engineers for High Temperature Polyurethane/Urea Elastomers, which are used in constructing timing belts and offer greater strength, greater oil resistance, and other significant advantages over traditional rubber belting.