Dr. Tom Kimbrell

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Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell

Arkansas Department of Education



Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell was appointed Arkansas Commissioner of Education by Governor Mike Beebe in September 2009.

Since joining the Arkansas Department of Education, 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 began his career in public education 30 years ago, having served as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, director of fiscal services, and superintendent.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his Master of Science in Education and Doctorate in Education from Arkansas State University.