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Russ (Rusty) Hick

Class of 1984 – BA, Innis

Russ (Rusty) Hick is ia Superintendent of Education with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board in Peterborough, Ontario. His present duties include overseeing the school improvement and student achievement focus as well as the daily operations in twenty-eight schools in Peterborough city and county. Previously, Rusty taught in York Region both in Aurora and Stouffville, and was a vice-principal in three schools, principal at Bowmanville High School for four years, and the principal of Thomas A. Stewart S.S. in Peterborough for a year.

Looking back at his time spent at Innis College, Russ (as he was generally called then) recalls doing a lot of reading on the subway and bus, hanging out at the various libraries, and playing a bit of pinball in the basement of Innis. Intramural basketball was a highlight, as was distance running and touch football. For the first year or two, the St. Mike’s pub nights were quite popular, and then it was on to other things, including studying! Earning a degree in the Philosophy and History departments helped him to become a disciplined thinker and a reflective educator. His U of T years also helped to shape and forge his outlook as a strong proponent of social justice which in turn has greatly influenced his actions in the education system.

Having settled in Port Perry in 1990, Rusty is happily married with three children ages 6, 8, and 11 years. Although is family is his greatest joy, he still finds time to play basketball and does his best to read quality literature and the occasional philosophical and historical work. Rusty has earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (combined History & Philosophy specialist program) Innis College1984; Bachelor of Education, Queen’s University, 1986; and Master of Science in Education, Niagara University, 1998.


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