The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recently announced a new assistant commissioner will oversee research and technology for the department.
Donald Benton has been appointed assistant commissioner for research and technology by ADE Commissioner Johnny Key. Benton will begin his job responsibilities Monday, Sept. 17.
Serving as assistant commissioner, Benton will be responsible for technology initiatives, including the Ambassador Academy, Arkansas Digital Sandbox and Student GPS dashboards. In addition, Benton will head the Arkansas Public School Computer Network.
In an ADE press release, Key praised Benton, saying that his “expertise and perspective” will make him a valued member of the Department of Education.
“Mr. Benton’s information technology credentials and reputation precede him,” Key said. “From his previous work in numerous IT roles at the Hot Springs School District to his current efforts as director of the Hot Springs Technology Institute and assistant professor of educational leadership at Henderson State University, Mr. Benton brings valuable expertise and perspective to the ADE team.”
Since 2009, Benton has served as an assistant professor of educational leadership at Henderson State University. He has also served as the director of the Hot Springs Technology Institute since 1998 and founded Schools Without Walls in 2010.