The State Board of Education approved Tony Wood as the Arkansas Department of Education commissioner June 12, 2014. Governor Mike Beebe recommended Wood for the position.
Wood oversees the agency as it implements the state education standards, teacher/administrator evaluation systems and student assessments. He collaborates with school districts, education cooperatives, organizations and legislators to review and implement education policies and practices.
Wood began his career in education as a chemistry and biology teacher in the Beedeville School District. He taught math and chemistry at Judsonia before becoming principal and later superintendent at the Kensett School District, where he worked for 14 years. Wood served as the deputy superintendent for the Little Rock School District prior to accepting the superintendent role at Searcy, a position he held for 18 years. He was named deputy commissioner of the Department of Education in 2010.
He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Education from Harding University at Searcy and an administrator certification from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Wood is a member of the Arkansas Rural Education Association and Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators.
He and his wife, Ann, live in Searcy.
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