Top Florida education official tapped for Arkansas Education Secretary

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 07: Jacob Oliva, the Executive Vice Chancellor of K-12 in the Division of Public Schools at the Florida Department of Education, speaks from the podium during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meetin

Incoming Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday she will nominate Jacob Oliva, a senior chancellor at the Florida Department of Education, to become the Arkansas education secretary. 

"He is a leader who has proven himself in the fight to empower parents and implement bold education reforms under Governor @RonDeSantisFL and we are ready to transform Arkansas education," Sanders said in a Twitter post.

Oliva, a former Flagler County superintendent of schools, has worked at the Florida Department of Education since 2017 and heads the Division of Public Schools. He was a candidate in early 2022 to become superintendent of the Miami-Dade County schools. Sanders will be inaugurated Jan. 10.