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.
Ross White, director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), brings a wealth of CTE experience and knowledge to the division. Before serving as vice principal at Siloam Springs High School, a position he has held since July 2019, White was the director of the school’s CTE program. From August 2008 to July 2018, he was a member of the career development and marketing faculty for the Alma School District. White earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education in May 2008 and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership in May 2012 from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville. He received an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership degree in August 2020 from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. White also is a member of several professional organizations, including the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, Arkansas Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators, and Arkansas Association for Career and Technical Education. He currently serves as a board member for the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Board.
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.
Angela Kremers, Ed.D. joined the Department of Career and Technical Education as Deputy Director in August 2018. She served as Interim Director from July 2019 through February 2021. 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.