Assemblywoman McKnight Applauds Governor Murphy’s Choice For Education Commissioner

Governor Phil Murphy has nominated Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D., the Interim Executive County Superintendent for Morris County, has the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education.

Governor Murphy, in making the announcement, stated, “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.  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.”

Dr. Allen-McMillan has served in her current role since 2018, overseeing school districts within Morris County on behalf of the Department of Education.   31st District Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Jersey City) praised the Governor for nominating Dr. Allen-McMillan, saying, “I applaud the nomination of Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan as Commissioner of the NJ Department of Education. New Jersey will gain a fervent advocate for all students. Her educational acumen and leadership experience will serve as a beacon of light amongst the challenges our schools are currently facing. I extend my warmest congratulations to Dr. Allen-McMillan on her nomination.”

New Jersey Education Association officers, President Marie Blistan, Vice President Sean M. Spiller and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty issued this statement regarding her nomination to head the New Jersey Department of Education:

“We look forward to working closely with Dr. Allen-McMillan in her new role. Strong leadership is more important than ever right now as New Jersey’s public schools continue to navigate this challenging school year. We are committed to working with the new commissioner to ensure that our students are safe, healthy and learning and we look forward to bringing the voices of working educators to the table to ensure that happens. At a time when every classroom, virtual or in-person, looks very different than before, it is more important than ever to listen to the people who are still helping our students flourish.

“Dr. Allen-McMillan is taking the helm of America’s premier public school system. We can maintain that excellence and build upon it by continuing to invest in public education, respect educators and prioritize student success. We trust that, as an experienced educator herself, the commissioner shares those priorities and will work alongside us to lead New Jersey’s public schools to even greater success and even better outcomes for the students we educate.”

For more than 25 years, Dr. Allen-McMillan has worked as a teacher and administrator in numerous school districts across the Garden State . From 2017 to 2018, she served as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education for the Newark Public Schools system. Before holding that position, she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instructions in the Irvington Public School District.