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At a glance: A look at two new Oklahoma Cabinet members

Robert Sommers is named secretary of education and workforce development; Deby Snodgrass is named tourism secretary.
Oklahoman Published: July 16, 2013

At a glance

A look at Fallin's new officials

Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday named CareerTech Director Robert Sommers to serve on her Cabinet as secretary of education and workforce development. She also named Deby Snodgrass, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, to the new post of tourism secretary.

About Robert Sommers

Sommers became the seventh CareerTech director in April. He previously served as chief executive officer and managing member of Carpe Diem Learning Systems. He served for nine years as CEO and superintendent of Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, in Hamilton, Ohio. Under his leadership, the district doubled in size, became the highest performing CareerTech district in Ohio. It became known for creative educational programs, including blended learning schools. The district served more than 26,000 high school through adult students.

For 15 years, he served in several capacities with the Ohio Education Department. He served as an agricultural supervisor, state adviser for the FFA, assistant director of program evaluation services and associate director for CareerTech education.

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