Arkansas Commissioner of Education

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The Arkansas Commissioner of Education is a state executive position in the Arkansas state government. The commissioner is a cabinet-level executive official that oversees the operations of the state Department of Education, which runs Arkansas's public school system. He or she serves under the purview of the Arkansas Board of Education, which appoints the commissioner subject to the approval of the governor.

Current officeholder

The current commissioner is Tom W. Kimbrell, who was first appointed in September 2009. As the commissioner of education serves at the pleasure of the governor, Kimbrell is not subject to reappointment.

Before becoming commissioner, Kimbrell served as executive director of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators from 2005 to 2009 and, before that, as superintendent of the North Little Rock and Paragould school districts. Prior to becoming superintendent, he worked in various school administration roles, from director of fiscal services in the Paragould district to assistant principal in the Corning district. He was also a teacher and coach in the Paragould and Pocahontas districts. Kimbrell holds an Ed.D. and an M.S. in Education from Arkansas State University and a B.S. in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He and his wife, Tina, have two children.

Authority

The office of commissioner is authorized by Arkansas statute.[1]

Arkansas Code, Title 6, Chapter 11, Section 102

Subject to confirmation by the Governor, the State Board of Education is empowered to employ a person to act as the Commissioner of Education and who shall be the administrative head of the Department of Education.

Qualifications

Arkansas law requires that the commissioner be "a person of good moral character, recognized as a leader in the field of education, and qualified technically and by experience to direct the work of the department." Specifically, he or she must hold a master's degree, have had ten years' experience as a teacher and five in educational administration, and possess a valid state teacher's certificate. Additionally, the appointee may not be related to any member of the State Board of Education "within the fourth degree of consanguinity."[1]

Arkansas Code, Title 6, Chapter 11, Section 102

The person selected as the commissioner must:

(A) Be a person of good moral character, recognized as a leader in the field of education, and qualified technically and by experience to direct the work of the department;
(B) Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution;
(C) Have had ten (10) years' experience as a teacher, five (5) of which must be of an administrative or supervisory nature; and
(D) Hold a valid state teacher's certificate.

(2) No person who is related within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity to any member of the state board shall be eligible to serve as commissioner.

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