Gov. Phil Murphy announced his nomination of Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D., as the next commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education. She will replace Interim DOE Commissioner Kevin Dehmer, who has held the position since the appointment of former DOE Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet as the next president of Kean University in July 2020. Dr. Allen-McMillan will serve as acting commissioner until she is confirmed by the State Senate.
“From day one, I pledged to select a commissioner of education with experience in public education. We fulfilled that promise through the nomination of Dr. Repollet, and maintain that promise today,” said Governor Murphy. “A product of New Jersey’s public schools, Angelica has worked at all levels of education and knows exactly what our teachers and students need to succeed. She is an exemplary educator and I’m confident she is the leader we need to carry our school communities through the remainder of this pandemic and beyond.”
Since 2018, Dr. Allen-McMillan has served as interim executive county superintendent for Morris County, where she supports and oversees school districts within the county on behalf of the Department of Education.
For over 25 years, she has worked as a teacher and administrator in various school communities throughout New Jersey. From 2017 to 2018, Dr. Allen-McMillan served as assistant superintendent for secondary education for the Newark Public Schools system. Prior to holding that position, she served as assistant superintendent for curriculum & instructions in the Irvington School District.
She also served as a middle school Life and Physical Science teacher in the East Orange School District, the executive director of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, assistant principal of Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood, and principal of the Marshall School in South Orange.
“I am a proud product of New Jersey’s magnificent public education system and I have dedicated my career to ensuring that the children of this state continue to get the type of education I received,” said incoming Acting DOE Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan. “I am extremely proud the Governor has put his faith in me to continue New Jersey’s tradition of educational excellence.”
Dr. Allen-McMillan is a graduate of Cornell University, where she received a baccalaureate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. In addition, she received a master’s and a doctorate degree in Education, Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.
She resides in Montclair with her husband, Randy, and their three children, Faizah, Jada, and Jason.
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