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Kent-Willette Named New Jax Education Commissioner

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has named Jacksonville University professor Dr. Annemarie Kent-Willette as the city’s new education commissioner.

The announcement was made this morning at the university’s Terry Concert Hall. 

Kent-Willette replaces Dr. Donnie Horner, who served for as the city’s first education commissioner for two years. As was the case with Horner, Kent-Willette will not teach during her term as commissioner. She will be paid by the university and receive the required minimum salary of $1 per year from the city.

Brown says Kent-Willette will bring a passion and insight to the job by enhancing communication between schools, parents, higher education institutions, and philanthropists.

Kent-Willette has been a professor at JU since 2001. She received her Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of North Florida.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.