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School board appoints Rod Allen as interim superintendent

The Board of Education for School District No. 57 (Prince George) has appointed Rod Allen as interim superintendent, effective immediately.

“The Board of Education is excited to welcome Rod to the School District 57 team,” said Board Chair Tim Bennett, in a press release. “He brings incredible experience and expertise to the district and will work with our senior administration team to wrap up the school year and get ready for September.”

Current superintendent, Marilyn Marquis-Forster, tendered her resignation, effective June 30, last week.

Most recently, Allen was Superintendent and CEO of School District No. 79 (Cowichan Valley). He held the position for four years before announcing his retirement in April 2019.

Earlier in his career, Allen served as assistant deputy minster at the Ministry of Education, where he led education transformation initiatives in B.C. Allen worked to shape the provincial curriculum into a more flexible and personalized education system. He was with the ministry for eight years.

Allen has roots in northern B.C. Before he joined the Ministry of Education, he spent 20 years in the Bulkley Valley, the last three as Superintendent of School District No. 54.

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