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Johnny Key Secretary of the Department of Education

On May 22, 2019 – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Johnny Key as the Secretary of the Department of Education as part of his plan to transform state government. Key currently serves the state as the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), soon to be known as the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. He will continue to serve in both capacities.

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Dr. Angela Kremers Director for Career and Technical Education

Angela Kremers, Ed.D. joined the Department of Career and Technical Education as Deputy Director in August 2018. Before joining the agency, Kremers served as the Associate Director of Global Initiatives at Arkansas State University.

Kremers comes to the agency with experience in career and technical education, both in secondary and postsecondary education, along with knowledge in healthcare, nonprofits, and working with individuals with disabilities. Her experience in education took place in the Cabot Public School District, where she was a faculty member in the district's Career and Technical High School Medical Academy.

Kremers has also served as Senior Program Associate for Education at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at the EAST Initiative, and State Director of Best Buddies International.

She received a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, a Master's Degree in Management at Lindenwood University, and a Doctorate in Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Dr. Cheryl Wiedmaier Associate Director for Career and Technical Education, Programs

Cheryl Wiedmaier, Ph.D. joined the Department of Career Education as Program Coordinator for Curriculum and Career Development in June 2013. She became the Associate Director for Career and Technical Education in February 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Office Administration/Secondary Education from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master of Education in Business Education and a Ph.D. in Practical Arts and Vocational-Technical Education from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Wiedmaier began her career as a junior high/high school business and technology teacher in Missouri. After completing her doctorate degree, she spent four years as a College of Business faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University, two years as a Hospitality, Retail, and Sports Management faculty member at the University of South Carolina, and eight years as a faculty member and three years as a department chair in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. She has served on many professional organization boards, presented numerous workshops and research sessions, and published in a variety of professional journals.

Sonja Wright-McMurray Associate Director for Career and Technical Education, Career Readiness/Work-Based Learning

Sonja Wright-McMurray was born in Goldsboro, NC. She became an Arkansan after her father’s retirement from the United States Air Force in 1984. Wright-McMurray joined the Department of Career Education as Associate Director for Arkansas Works in October 2009. She became the Associate Director for Career and Technical Education in July 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Wright-McMurray also earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Drake University. Wright-McMurray began her career as a Career Instructor with the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) program at the University of Arkansas in 1996. After completing her Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, she began working at the University of Central Arkansas as a Project Coordinator for Career Services and Cooperative Education in 2001.