Education commissioner stepping down to head Kean University

Education commissioner Lamont Repollet is leaving his post in the Murphy administration to become Kean University’s next president.

His departure comes one week after the administration announced its decision to keep the state’s K-12 schools closed for the rest of the academic year amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Repollet will take over as the university’s 18th president on July 1.

He replaces outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who said last year that he would be stepping down after 17 years as head of the university.

Prior to becoming the state’s education commissioner in 2018, Repollet served as superintendent of the Asbury Park school district for four years.

A graduate of The College of New Jersey, Repollet received his master’s degree in educational administration from Kean University.

“I wish Lamont and his family nothing but the best in his next endeavor, and know Kean University is in good hands with him at the helm,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement.

The governor has not yet named a replacement to head the state’s education department.