News Release

The New Westminster Board of Education announced today that Superintendent of Schools for New Westminster, Dr. John Woudzia, will be leaving the school district at the end of January 2014.  Dr. Woudzia will be assuming the position of Vice President, Education & Student Services, at Vancouver Community College (VCC) effective February 3rd, 2014.

Dr. Woudzia has been the district's Superintendent for the past eight-and-one half years and under his leadership the district has experienced consistent gains in the areas of student performance and achievement.  Dr. Woudzia is also responsible for spearheading important Social Responsibility initiatives in New Westminster schools as well as overseeing such innovative educational programs as Universal Design for Learning, Fast ForWord, and Strong Starts, among others.

Prior to assuming the position of Superintendent in 2005, Dr. Woudzia held the positions of District Principal of Student Services, Director of Instruction, and Assistant Superintendent in the district.  Over the past fifteen years in each of these three roles, Woudzia has provided strong, principled, visionary leadership on behalf of the students and staff of School District No. 40 (New Westminster).

Woudzia states, "It has been an honour to serve as Superintendent of the New Westminster School District for the past eight-and-one half years.  I am extremely proud to have been associated with such an outstanding and caring group of teachers, support staff, and administrators who have always put the interests of our students at the forefront.  I will miss New Westminster very much, but this was an opportunity that I could just not turn down".

Board of Education Chair, Jonina Campbell, states, "I want to thank Dr. Woudzia for his years of commitment to our district and we appreciate his approachable and caring leadership".  Vice Chair, Michael Ewen added, "It has been an honour to work with John.  He always kept the student at the centre and our community has seen the enormous growth in student achievement under his leadership."

The Board of Education will be meeting over the next few weeks to develop a plan for the hiring of the new Superintendent and these plans will be shared with the public.