Commissioner, Department of Education
Dr. Lamont Repollet was announced as nominee for Commissioner of Education by Governor Philip D. Murphy on January 12, 2018. Dr. Repollet was appointed as Acting Commissioner of Education by the New Jersey State Board of Education on January 29, 2018.
From 2014 to 2018, Dr. Repollet served as superintendent of the Asbury Park School District. As a transformational leader, he implemented new instructional and organizational approaches in the district. For example, he created a dropout prevention program called the "Power of 10," which resulted in the graduation rate increasing by 21 percent in four years.
During his tenure as superintendent, Dr. Repollet set a culture of high expectations by introducing a Pre-K to Grade 12 Literacy Intervention and Leadership Development Initiative. He secured a $2.5 million 21st Century Grant for afterschool programming for children in grades 4-8, and a $500,000 Vocational Partnership Grant to create an Engineering Academy using the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way Curriculum. The district was recognized in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the International Center for Leadership in Education as an Innovative District for creating programs such as a Comprehensive District Interactive Literacy Intervention, the College and Career Readiness Institute, which resulted in dozens of job and paid-internship placements, career academies in the high school, and STEAM opportunities such as maker spaces and afterschool academies. He also developed a number of partnerships with parents, businesses and local leaders designed to foster organizational and instructional leadership within the district.
He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Repollet earned his master's in Education Administration from Kean University, and his bachelor's in communications from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College). He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
He resides in Somerset with his wife and two daughters.