Washington, D.C., picks Oakland (Calif.) administrator as its new chancellor

Washington, D.C., picks Oakland (Calif.) administrator as its new chancellor

Antwan Wilson, 44, has been superintendent in the Oakland district since April 2015.

Antwan Wilson, the superintendent the Oakland (Calif.) Unified School District, has been tapped to lead the Washington, D.C., school system.

Antwan Wilson
The Washington Post reports that D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has chosen Wilson to be chancellor of public schools in the nation's capital.

“In his 20 plus years in education, Antwan Wilson has been a teacher, a principal, an assistant superintendent and a superintendent, and at every level, he has been successful," Bowser says in a news release. “Not only is he an experienced leader, Mr. Wilson is role model for our students. His success proves that with hard work, they can achieve what they set out to do."

If the city council confirms the appointment of Wilson, 44, he will receive a base salary of $280,000. He is expected to begin the job on Feb. 1. Wilson will succeed Kaya Henderson, who stepped down as chancellor in October.

Wilson became superintendent in Oakland in April 2015, according to a biography on the Oakland district web page. He is a 2014 graduate of the Broad Academy, which trains administrators for leadership roles in urban school systems.

Oakland officials wished Wilson well in his new post.

“I am proud of what’s been accomplished under Antwan’s leadership and I am personally happy for Antwan,” says James Harris, Oakland's school board president. “This is a loss for us, but an excellent team is in place to continue the district’s work in service of Oakland’s children and families as we search for a new superintendent.”

Before taking the Oakland job, Wilson was assistant superintendent for postsecondary readiness in Denver Public Schools. He also has been a principal in Denver and and Wichita, Kan., and was a classroom teacher in Wichita, Lincoln, Neb., and Raleigh, N.C.

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