Marking the final stages of a nationwide search for a new superintendent, the Oakland Board of Education has nominated Denver Public Schools (DPS) Assistant Superintendent Antwan Wilson for the Oakland Unified School District’s top administrative post.
The board will vote upon the nomination during its April 23 meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. at La Escuelita Education Center.
Wilson has served as Denver’s assistant superintendent for Post Secondary Readiness for the past five years. In this role, he’s led Denver’s middle, high, and “Intensive Pathway” (alternative) schools with additional responsibility for the District’s “School Turnaround” efforts, College and Career Office, the Student Engagement Office, and the Athletics Office.
Under Wilson’sleadership, Denver schools recorded significant improvement in graduation rates and the number of students entering college, doubled enrollment in AP courses, tripled concurrent enrollment in college-level courses, and expanded the options for students seeking degrees through the district’s alternative school or Intensive Pathway programs.
“Antwan Wilson is an extraordinary leader. He is a thoughtful and caring advocate for educational equity, and he is an inspiring leader who sets high expectations for all students and then works tirelessly to ensure they have the support they need to succeed in the classroom and in life,” said Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg.
Before assuming his current position, Wilson served as Denver’s high school instructional superintendent and was in charge of school-improvement efforts for high schools. Previously a teacher and principal at the middle school and high school levels, Wilson gained acclaim for his work at Denver’s formerly troubled Montebello High, where under his leadership, the percentage of students accepted into two and four-year colleges soared from 35 percent in 2005 to 95 percent in 2008.
“Antwan has numerous qualities to recommend him, but we were most impressed by his work in reinvigorating troubled schools, eliminating inequity and producing results for all students, and creating a strong college-going culture everywhere he’s worked,” said Oakland Board of Education President David
Wilson, married and father of three, was the board’s top choice among 20 other applicants for the position. Wilson graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1995 with a degree in History-Social Science Education and minors in Women’s Studies and Minority Studies before earning a Masters in School Leadership from Friends University in 2000.
“I am excited about the possibility of working with the families of Oakland because I believe the Board of Education and the community share a similar interest in preparing all students for success, and I believe we can work together to help Oakland become a premiere district in educating students and helping them achieve success,” said Wilson.