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DPS administrator named Oakland superintendent

Denver Public School’s Antwan Wilson has a new job title in a new state.

DPS’ assistant superintendent for secondary schools was appointed by the Oakland, California, school board to lead the urban district last night.

Wilson was the sole finalist for the job, which was announced April 16. The board unanimously approved his appointment. Wilson starts in Oakland July 1.

In a statement, Wilson said:

I’m honored that the School Board Directors, as representatives of the Oakland public, have chosen to entrust me with this position and the tremendously responsibility it carries. I’ve dedicated my life to supporting the growth and development of children, so the opportunity to expand this work in a dynamic environment like Oakland is tremendously exciting. The energy in the city is palpable and I can’t wait to come together with the community and harness that enthusiasm to serve children, improve academic achievement, and produce better life outcomes for Oakland students.

Wilson served as Denver’s assistant superintendent for five years. In this role, he supervised DPS’ middle, high, and alternative schools. Previously he was an instructional superintendent and high school principal.

“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 David Kakishiba, the Oakland Board of Education president.