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Murphy appoints former staffer under Obama as higher education secretary

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Governor Phil Murphy announces Zakiya Smith Ellis, far left, who will serve as secretary of higher education, <br/>The appointments of Sue Fulton, who will serve as chair and chief administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission, and Deirdre Webster Cobb who will serve as the chair of the Civil Service Commission, both pictured, were also announced at the New Jersey Institute of Technology today.
Governor Phil Murphy announces Zakiya Smith Ellis, far left, who will serve as secretary of higher education,
The appointments of Sue Fulton, who will serve as chair and chief administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission, and Deirdre Webster Cobb who will serve as the chair of the Civil Service Commission, both pictured, were also announced at the New Jersey Institute of Technology today. - ()

Gov. Phil Murphy has appointed former White House staffer Zakiya Smith Ellis as secretary of higher education.

Smith Ellis is the director of finance and federal policy at the Lumina Foundation, where she focuses on developing new models to help students afford postsecondary education and working with states to design college affordability initiatives. She also served as a senior policy advisor for education in the Obama Administration.

“I know from personal experience the transformative power of education and have worked for my entire professional career to ensure those opportunities are available for more students.”

Zakiya Smith Ellis

Smith Ellis will be charged with attempting to turn Murphy’s campaign promises on higher education into reality. During his campaign, he pledged free tuition at community colleges and to undo current state admissions testing requirements.

“I know from personal experience the transformative power of education and have worked for my entire professional career to ensure those opportunities are available for more students,” Smith Ellis said in a press release. “I’m excited that Governor Murphy recognizes and understands the increasing necessity of higher education in today's society and am looking forward to building out his vision to make learning after high school more affordable and accessible for residents of New Jersey of all ages and backgrounds.”

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