Dr. Charisse Childers took the official oath Tuesday to lead the Arkansas Department of Career Education. Secretary of State Mark Martin administered the oath as her husband, former State Representative Marvin Childers, held the Bible. Dr. Childers is the first woman to lead this agency.
Childers comes to the agency from Accelerate Arkansas, where she served as executive director for nine years. She is currently the Vice President of the Arkansas State Alumni Association, a member of the EAST® (Environment and Spatial Technology) Initiative Advisory Council, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Childers earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business from Arkansas State University and earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas.
Governor Hutchinson said, “[Childers] recognizes the critical nature career education plays in our economy, and she has the experience necessary to lead this department under my administration. I have no doubt she will serve this position well.