WDMCS Hires Dr. Anthony Ferguson as Executive Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (08/11/20)
West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) is excited to announce that Anthony Ferguson, Jr., Ed.D., will serve as Executive Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, following Board of Education approval on Aug. 10. He will begin his new position on Aug. 17. 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.
From WDMCS Six Actions for Equity
The creation of an Executive Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity position supports the six actions for equity the WDMCS Board of Education and administration committed to on June 22. Action 2 reads:
Hire a full-time WDMCS Equity Director that has a rich set of diverse experiences and a clear understanding of issues around racial inequalities.