Montclair resident Angelica Allen-McMillan will be the next commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday, Oct. 20.

“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,” said Murphy.

Allen-McMillan has served since 2018 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, Allen-McMillan has worked as a teacher and administrator in various school communities throughout the state. From 2017 to 2018, she 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 and instruction 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.

Allen-McMillan will replace interim DOE Commissioner Kevin Dehmer, who has held the position since the appointment in July of former DOE Commissioner Lamont Repollet as the next president of Kean University.

She will serve as acting commissioner until she is confirmed by the state Senate.

“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.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," said New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) President Marie Blistan, Vice President Sean M. Spiller and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. 

She is a graduate of Cornell University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations. In addition, she received a master’s and a doctorate in education, leadership, management and policy from Seton Hall University.

“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 Allen-McMillan. “I am extremely proud the governor has put his faith in me to continue New Jersey’s tradition of educational excellence.”

Allen-McMillan resides in Montclair with her husband, Randy, and their three children, Faizah, Jada and Jason.