Meet the Executive Director

  • West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) hired Anthony Ferguson, Jr., Ed.D., to serve as Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, following Board of Education approval on Aug. 10. He began his new position on Aug. 17, 2020. The role was created in support of the six actions for equity the WDMCS Board of Education and administration committed to on June 22.

    Ferguson has been a victim rights coordinator in the Office of Iowa Attorney General for two years. Before that, he served Mercy Medical Center-House of Mercy as a primary counselor. He also serves Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as a Regional Executive Director for the Midwestern region. 

    With a strong mindset surrounding equity, Ferguson builds collaborative cultures, seeks data-driven solutions, and connects data and research to the immediate, real-life challenges facing communities of color. He takes a proactive approach focused on systemic equity when addressing needs, entering every space as his full, authentic self.

    Ferguson graduated from the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland, before going on to earn his bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from the University of Iowa. He then earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling and a doctorate in educational leadership from Drake University. 

Building Equity Leads

    • Clive Learning Academy: Kim Alowitz
    • Crestview School of Inquiry: Joan Severe
    • Crossroads Park Elementary: Christie Engelbert
    • Fairmeadows Elementary: Abby Purdom
    • Hillside Elementary: Chelsea Hayes
    • Jordan Creek Elementary: Alex Dvorak
    • Western Hills Elementary: Sheryl Reed
    • Westridge Elementary: Elizabeth Riche
    • Indian Hills Junior High: Adam Liker-Hill
    • Stilwell Junior High: Sarah Cooper
    • Valley Southwoods Freshman High School: Ann Miles
    • Valley High School: Erin Perry 
    • Walnut Creek Campus: Leah Lingren
Last Modified on May 13, 2022