Arkansas Department of Education

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Arkansas Department of Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Tom W. Kimbrell
FY 2014 Budget:$3.71 billion[1]
Year founded:1931
Website:Department Home Page
The Arkansas Department of Education oversees public K-12 education and public libraries in Arkansas. The department was created in 1931 and managed 1,103 schools and 474,995 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3]



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See also
Arkansas Commissioner of Education
List of school districts in Arkansas
Public education in Arkansas
School board elections portal
The mission statement of the Arkansas Department of Education reads:[4]
The Arkansas Department of Education strives to ensure that all children in the state have access to a quality education by providing educators, administrators and staff with leadership, resources and training.[5]


The current Commissioner of Education is Tom W. Kimbrell. The following list details his top officials:[6][7]

  • Chief of Staff: Deborah Coffman
  • Deputy Commissioner: Tony Wood
  • General Counsel: Jeremy Lasiter
  • Communications Director: Kimberly Friedman
  • Legislative Service Director: Michelle Griffin
  • Policy and Special Projects Director: Susan Harriman
  • Finance Director: Greg Rogers

Departmental divisions

The Department of Education has five divisions managed by the officials listed below:[6]

  • Assistant Commissioner, Research and Technology: Jim Boardman
  • Assistant Commissioner, Fiscal and Administrative Services: Mike Hernandez
  • Assistant Commissioner, Public School Accountability: John Hoy
  • Assistant Commissioner, Human Resources, Educator Effectiveness and Licensure: Karen Walters
  • Assistant Commissioner, Learning Services: Megan Witonski

State Board of Education

The State Board of Education is composed of nine voting members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor of Arkansas for seven-year terms. Of the nine members, one serves as an at-large representative and the other eight serve as representatives of separate geographical districts. These districts correspond with the federal congressional districts, with two members coming from each of the four districts. The State Board of Education appoints the state's Commissioner of Education, who also serves as the secretary of the board. Both the Commissioner of Education and the Arkansas Teacher of the Year serve as non-voting members of the board. The purpose of the board is to set policies and regulations for the state's public school system.[8]

Organizational chart

The following chart outlines the organizational structure of the Arkansas Department of Education:[7]

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