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College of Teachers Announces New Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

February 07 2003

February 6 (Toronto) - The Ontario College of Teachers today announced the appointment of W. Douglas Wilson as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the College. Wilson’s appointment comes into effect Monday, March 31, 2003.

"We are fortunate to have such an accomplished and experienced educator to lead the College," said Larry Capstick, Chair of the College Council. "Doug has the leadership skills and the commitment to the teaching profession that will be of great benefit in our new Registrar."

Wilson is currently Deputy Registrar of the College. In his 35 years in education, Wilson has been geography teacher, vice-principal and principal, board of education superintendent and co-author of Canadian history text books.

"I am delighted to be appointed as the new head of the College," said Wilson. "In the time I have been with the College, I have been very impressed at how well the College's work and its professionalism serve our members."

"We recognize that our members work very hard -- for their students and for public education. We know the importance of their role in student learning and believe they should be valued for their dedication to their students. I am very pleased that I will have the opportunity to lead College initiatives to support our members in their very important work."

Current Registrar Joe Atkinson retires March 28 for health reasons.

"The College could not have chosen a more appropriate Registrar and Chief Executive Officer for the College than Doug Wilson," said Joe Atkinson, who will retire as Registrar at the end of March. "He has been a valuable asset as Deputy, making outstanding contributions to the running of the College. Our members can rest assured that the teaching profession in Ontario will benefit greatly from his continued involvement in the development of the College."

Wilson joined the College in September 1999 as Manager of the Standards of Practice and Education Unit. He became Deputy Registrar on January 1, 2001.

As Deputy Registrar, Wilson led the project team that implemented the Professional Learning Program (PLP), facilitated the development of the College's first professional advisory and represented the College at Ministry of Education consultations on the PLP and the Ontario Teacher Qualifying Test.

Before joining the College, Wilson’s worked with the Durham District School Board. He spent 10 years as a Superintendent of Education in three different portfolios, including Operations, Programs and supervising families of schools in Pickering and Uxbridge.

Wilson was the principal of Dr. F. J. Donevan Collegiate in Oshawa and previous to that, a secondary school vice-principal in three schools. Before becoming a school and system administrator, Wilson was a geography teacher and department head, as well as a curriculum consultant in history, geography and social studies.

A highlight of Wilson’s career has been the authorship of a number of Canadian history textbooks for Oxford University Press. Most of the textbooks were developed for students of Grades 7 through 10 and are used throughout the Ontario school system today.

Wilson holds a Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.

The College is the self-regulating body for the teaching profession in Ontario. It is responsible for the licensing, governance and regulation of the teaching profession in Ontario. Teachers and other education professionals wanting to work in the Ontario public school system must be certified by the College. With nearly 190,000 members, the Ontario College of Teachers is the largest professional self-regulating body in Canada.

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