Superintendent Antwan Wilson
“I am honored and appreciative to be the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. It is my belief that all young people have the ability to achieve at high levels, and that it is our responsibility to ensure that they do. This includes having high expectations for students to succeed academically, socially, in their college and career pursuits, and in life.
I am excited to work with the families throughout Oakland, along with our dedicated educators and leaders in every school to prepare all of our students for success, and I believe we can work together to help Oakland become the premiere urban district in educating students and helping them achieve success. Doing this will require a great deal of sacrifice and commitment on the part of everyone, and I know we can do it!
Oakland is a great American city and our students deserve access to quality schools in their neighborhoods, and to be taught and inspired by adults committed to their success. This is what we are working hard to provide in Oakland, a vision where Every Student Thrives!"
Before serving as Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, Antwan Wilson was the Assistant Superintendent for Post Secondary Readiness in Denver Public Schools for six years leading Denver’s Middle, High, and Intensive Pathway Schools. Additionally, he was responsible for the Denver’s School Turnaround efforts, the College and Career Office (which runs programs such as International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Career and Technical Education, Concurrent Enrollment, and Counseling), the Student Engagement Office, and the Athletics Office. Under his leadership in Denver, there were significant improvements in graduation rates, the number of students entering college, a doubling of enrollment and qualifying score rates in AP courses, tripling of Concurrent Enrollment in college-level courses, and a revamping of Denver’s Intensive Pathway Options.
Prior to that role, Antwan served as the High School Instructional Superintendent for Denver Public Schools, where he was in charge of school-improvement efforts for the high schools and supervising school leaders. He has served as a high school principal and middle school principal in Denver Public Schools and previously in Wichita Public Schools. Antwan has also worked as an assistant high school principal and as a middle and high school classroom teacher in Wichita, KS, Lincoln, NE, and Raleigh, NC.
Antwan graduated with Distinction from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History-Social Science Education, and holds a Master of School Leadership Degree from Friends University. He is also a graduate of the 2014 Broad Superintendent’s Academy Cohort. Antwan is married to Tresa Wilson, his wife of 17 years who is also a career educator. They have 3 children, an 11-year old daughter, and 6-year old twins, one boy and one girl.