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.
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.
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.
Career and Technical Programs
Kelly Hunt Lyon, Ed.D., is a fifth-generation Arkansan with three decades’ experience in state government and post-secondary education. Lyon built award-winning, high-performance teams at the University of Central Arkansas, and Webster University, a private nonprofit university with a global network of extended campuses.At the Arkansas Department of Career Education, she worked with DCTE on strategic planning, grant writing, and professional development. Lyon briefly worked with the Office of Skills Development, the Career Education and Workforce Development Board, and the Department of Commerce Transformation Advisory Team during Transformation.She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lyon College and two degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock: a Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration.Lyon is active with nonprofit board service. She is a former Chair of the EAST Initiative Board of Directors and currently serves on the AR Kids Read Board of Directors.