Lamont Repollet, Ed.D.
Commissioner, Department of Education
Dr. Lamont Repollet was nominated to be Commissioner of Education by Governor Murphy on January 12, 2018. After being unanimously confirmed by the Senate, he was sworn into office on June 19, 2018. As Commissioner, Dr. Repollet has worked to redesign the Department of Education to strengthen teaching, leading and learning, and increase educational equity for students throughout the state.
He has worked to move the department toward the next generation of assessments, proactively soliciting input from stakeholders around the state. He and his team have also worked to expand early childhood education; promote a school culture that embraces social and emotional learning; and strengthen STEM opportunities for students. During his tenure, New Jersey's public schools were ranked number one in the nation by Education Week’s “Quality Counts 2019” report, which captures key data to assess a state's educational performances.
From 2014 to 2018, Dr. Repollet served as superintendent of the Asbury Park School District. There, he implemented new instructional and organizational approaches in the district, including a pre-K to grade 12 Literacy Intervention and Leadership Development initiative. This, along with other programs, helped increase the graduation rate by 30 percent.
Dr. Repollet has earned honors and recognition from numerous organizations. Most recently he received the 2019 Medal of Excellence for Distinguished Service from The College of Education at Rowan University, the 2019 Trailblazer Award from the Innovation for Equity Summit and the 2019 Conclave Image Award from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Repollet earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, his Master’s in Educational Administration from Kean University, and his Bachelor’s in communications from The College of New Jersey. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and serves as a mentor for the Sigma Beta Club. He is married and has two daughters.