On Nov. 27, the Office of Gov. Phil Murphy announced the retirement of Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, the acting commissioner of The New Jersey Department of Education.  Allen-McMillan has served as the head of the NJDOE since October 2020. The governor issued the following statement:

After nearly three decades of service as a New Jersey educator, Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan took the helm of the New Jersey Department of Education in October 2020, leading the Department for over three years during incredibly challenging times for our schools. As Dr. Allen-McMillian has announced her retirement at the end of January, I want to take this opportunity to thank her for her service to the people of New Jersey and wish her nothing but the best in her next chapter.

Dr. Timothy Purnell, executive director and CEO of the New Jersey School Boards Association, also issued a statement on her retirement:

In my time as the chief of NJSBA, I’ve witnessed the unwavering dedication of the acting commissioner to ensuring the success of our students. She’s excelled in keeping our members well-informed during our annual Workshop and through various communication channels. Her commitment to keeping the lines of communication open and attentively listening to our concerns has truly made her a cherished advocate for students. We extend our heartfelt best wishes to her for all the wonderful things that lie ahead in her future endeavors.