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Background of Robert Sommers, Oklahoma's CareerTech director

Sommers served in a variety of educational roles in Ohio before taking the Oklahoma job last year.
Oklahoman Modified: January 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: January 6, 2014

/articleid/3921312/1/pictures/2311982">Photo - Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary Robert Sommers talk before her cabinet meeting Dec. 11  at Capitol. Sommers is the secretary of education and workforce development. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman <strong>David McDaniel - The Oklahoman</strong>
Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary Robert Sommers talk before her cabinet meeting Dec. 11 at Capitol. Sommers is the secretary of education and workforce development. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman David McDaniel - The Oklahoman

He served as Ohio Gov. John Kasich's education policy adviser, covering elementary through university education policy. During his tenure, Ohio implemented reforms for increased school performance transparency, teacher evaluation, school choice, digital education options and failing school transformation.

Sommers earned a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Ohio State University, Columbus, where he also completed his master's degree in agricultural education. He earned a bachelor's degree in education at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He has served in numerous leadership positions, including chairman of the Performance Taskforce for the National Association of Career and Technical Education.

K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer

by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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