TDSB selects interim director, John Malloy, to replace Donna Quan

Toronto District School Board trustees have selected a new interim director to replace embattled outgoing head Donna Quan.

New director begins 18-month term on January 4

Donna Quan's tenure as director of the TDSB ends this week. Board trustees selected an interim director, John Malloy, on Wednesday. (TDSB)

Toronto District School Board trustees have selected a new interim director to replace embattled outgoing head Donna Quan.

The board selected John Malloy, who is currently an assistant deputy minister of education and Ontario's chief student achievement officer. He once served as director of education in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

"I am honoured to serve the TDSB as Interim Director of Education and look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and all staff to continue creating great schools for our students, our families, and our community," Malloy said in a news release issued late Wednesday by the board.

Malloy begins an 18-month term on January 4, according to the release.

"John is a highly respected educator who believes that student achievement can improve through access to equitable opportunities," TDSB chair Robin Pilkey said in the release.

"He will play a key role in moving the TDSB forward for the betterment of our students, parents and all employees and in continuing to build on our successes to date."

Quan leaves the board at the end of this week, 18 months before her contract would have expired. Her tenure was marked by controversy, including what one retiring trustee described as a "rift" between Quan, her staff and the rest of the board.

Quan was also criticized for resisting calls to reveal the details of her contract.

Earlier this month, a report by an expert panel led by former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall described a "culture of fear" at the board that had been fostered over many years. The panel recommended that the board be placed under supervision in order to make sweeping changes to address its governance issues and restore public confidence.

The report also says that if "demonstrable progress" is not made on the panel's recommendations in one year, the TDSB should be broken up into smaller board.

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