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Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Gov. Phil Murphy's choice to serve as the next New Jersey Commissioner of Education. (Photo: YouTube.)

Allen-McMillan nominated for Commissioner of Education

By David Wildstein, October 20 2020 10:48 am

Gov. Phil Murphy today announced the nomination of Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan to serve as his new commissioner of Education.

Allen-McMillan now serves as interim Morris County Executive Superintendent of Schools and served as an assistant Superintendent of Schools in Newark and Irvington.

She is a former science teacher and elementary school principal in South Orange.

Allen-McMillan will begin tomorrow as acting commissioner as she awaits confirmation by the New Jersey State Senate.

She replaces Lamont Repollet, who departed this summer to become president of Kean University.

Kevin Dehmer, who has been serving as acting commissioner since July, will return to his post as assistant commissioner and chief financial officer of the Department of Education.

As an Essex County resident, Allen-McMillan will require signoff from all four Essex County Democratic senators.

In a statement, Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz indicated  that she plans to support Allen-McMillan’s nomination.

“I look forward to working with Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan to reimagine the Department of Education and transform it into a true beacon of hope and repository of answers for students, teachers and parents,” Ruiz said.  “I am hopeful we can collaborate to create a comprehensive plan that recognizes the disparities in our education system and embraces policies that bridge the learning divide.”

Ruiz praised Murphy’s pick for the post.

“Her resume indicates that she can develop both a short-term plan to deal with the challenges we are facing now and long term solutions for a future that moves every child ahead,” she said.  “I am excited for this new chapter to begin for the Department of Education and I look forward to the opportunity to work with Dr. Allen-McMillan to create more equitable schools for our children.”

This story was updated at 2:23 PM with comment from Ruiz. 

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