African-American Appointed To Position of Chancellor of New York City Schools
(Minority News) –Mayor Michael Bloomberg today appointed Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott as Chancellor of New York City Public Schools, following the resignation of Chancellor Cathleen Black. This makes him the 2nd black to head the City’s mostly minority 1.1 million member school system.
Walcott, who has served as Deputy Mayor since the beginning of the Bloomberg Administration in 2002, has been Mayor Bloomberg’s City Hall point person on all educational and youth policy. Prior to the Mayor’s election, Walcott served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Urban League, as a member of the New York City Board of Education, as a kindergarten teacher, and as an adjunct professor of social work at CUNY’s York College.