The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has selected an educator with 28 years of experience as its new director.

Board members unanimously agreed Terry Lyons should take over the post from Paul Picard when he retires at the end of October.

"I plan to build on the traditions we have established here, but will continue to explore bold new steps that will improve the experience for all our students," Lyons stated in a media release announcing his appointment.

Lyons began his career as a physical education teacher in 1989, followed by roles as a vice-principal, principal, superintendent and finally associate director of the catholic board.

The board's selection is still pending confirmation from the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Picard, who worked in the field for 41 years, said he's confident he's leaving the board in good hands.

"Terry has a wealth of experience and knowledge, a strong moral compass and an unparalleled commitment to top quality education and student achievement."