Dr. Robert Sommers
Chief Academic Officer/Head of Strategy
Dr. Sommers received a doctorate from The Ohio State University, where he also earned his master’s degree. His undergraduate alma mater is Miami University. He started his career as an agricultural education teacher and earned the Ohio Outstanding Young Agriculture Teacher Award. He has since earned widespread state and community recognition for contributions to business, education, and community service.
Dr. Sommers has served the Oklahoma and Ohio Governors as Secretary of Education and Education Policy Advisor and led the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. He was also instrumental in transforming performance monitoring systems, program evaluation approaches, and career-technical funding systems with the Ohio Department of Education.
- Co-founder of CF Educational Solutions, a company that seeks to be a catalyst for breakthrough student success and growth through working with school systems
- Founder of charter management organizations including Cornerstone Charter Schools in Detroit
- Served as superintendent of Butler Technology and Career Development Schools
- Served as Ohio Education Policy Advisor
- Served as Oklahoma Secretary of Education
- Received the Ohio Outstanding Young Agriculture Teacher Award
- Has earned widespread state and community recognition for contributions to business, education, and community service
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