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July 15, 2014

CareerTech director resigns

STILLWATER, Okla. — State education officials will need to hire a director for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and a secretary of education and workforce development for the second time in approximately 18 months.

Robert Sommers resigned both positions Tuesday, citing family responsibilities in Ohio.

Sommers was named CareerTech director Jan. 30, 2013, and joined the department on April 1 of that year. In July 2013, he was named to the governor’s cabinet.

“My tenure has been personally rewarding, and I have worked with some exceptional educators and political leaders,” Sommers said in a release to news media. “I’ve grown to genuinely appreciate the governor’s commitment to Oklahoma, and the desire to assure Oklahomans are well-educated and economically productive.”

The Department of Career and Technology Education is headquartered in Stillwater.

Sommers replaced Phil Berkenbile who had been CareerTech director since 2004. Berkenbile retired in 2012.

A timetable to replace Sommers, who will leave office Aug. 15, was not announced.


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