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story.lead_photo.caption 2018 FILE PHOTO: Jeremy Owoh (left), assistant commissioner at the state Department of Education’s Charter Authorizing Panel, gets an explanation from LISA Academy North student Jalen Sereal about a solar-car project that he and fellow students are building. - Photo by Benjamin Krain

Jeremy Owoh has been appointed superintendent of the Pine Bluff School District, Commissioner Johnny Key said Friday.

Owoh, 39, has been assistant commissioner of teacher licensure and effectiveness for the state Department of Education since July 1, 2017.

On Thursday, the state took over the Pine Bluff district, eliminating the elected school board members and removing the superintendent. The district had been spending money and was heading toward a deficit.

Owoh has been a teacher, dean of students and administrator in several central Arkansas schools.

He joined the Education Department after working as assistant superintendent of curriculum/instruction and desegregation at the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District since 2015. He began his career in 2003 as an English teacher at Little Rock’s Parkview High School. He served as the dean of students at Mills High School in the Pulaski County Special School District from 2008-09 before being named assistant principal at Ridge Road Middle School in the North Little Rock School District.

He also is a former principal at Fuller Middle School in the Pulaski County Special District and a former principal at Little Rock’s J.A. Fair High School.

In addition to his experience in public schools, Owoh has served as an adjunct instructor/professor for Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock and Shorter College in North Little Rock as well as an affiliate faculty member at Arkansas Tech University at Russellville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Owoh has a bachelor’s degree in English education with a concentration in secondary education from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, a master’s degree in secondary education with concentrations in reading and writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from UALR.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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