SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Phil Murphy nominated Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan to serve as New Jersey’s new education commissioner.

She is currently interim executive county superintendent.

READ MORE: 7-Year-Old Killed, Teen Hurt In Paterson, NJ Stabbing

The governor announced her nomination Tuesday morning, with both acknowledging the unique challenges she will face during the pandemic.

MORE: Head Of University Hospital Says New Jersey’s Second Wave Is Here: ‘This Is About To Get Worse’

“With all that we continue to battle with COVID-19, I know Angelica will bring a steady hand, a cool head and a strong heart to our fight,” said Murphy.

READ MORE: 3 Teens Charged In Manhattan Subway Attacks, Police Release Video Of New Suspect Believed To Be Group's Lookout

“We have been knocked down and will continue to stumble on occasion as we work to stand tall in our fight against COVID-19,” Dr. Allen-McMillan added.

Dr. Allen-McMillan’s nomination will now have to be approved by the State Senate.


MORE NEWS: Play Ball! Dozens Of Kids Return To The Field As East Harlem Little League Restarts

You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.