Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell, lifelong educator, was appointed Arkansas Commissioner of Education by Governor Mike Beebe in September 2009.
Kimbrell began his career in public education 30 years ago. He has served as a superintendent, director of fiscal services, assistant principal, teacher and coach.
Kimbrell is recognized for his expertise in school finance, education policy, assessment, accountability and curriculum and instruction. He has been a key voice in the state’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards. He represents the state on the governing board of PARCC—the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness.
Since joining the Education Department, Dr. Kimbrell has taken on an ambitious agenda to implement the new common learning standards, a next generation assessment system, a new teacher evaluation system and a new accountability system to determine how well schools and districts are serving students.
Kimbrell’s drive comes from a sense of urgency to improve educational opportunities for Arkansas students. His focus is on bringing positive, sustainable change to underperforming schools.
He earned his doctorate in education and his Master of Science in Education both from Arkansas State University, and his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
He and his wife Tina live in Cabot, Arkansas with their children, Kason and Gracie.
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