Dr. Anthony Hamlet, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, had five cabinet positions to fill when he was appointed as the school district’s top official in July. All vacancies, which were the result of pre-planned retirements, are now filled, following a nationwide search to recruit the best candidates.
One of those appointees is Brooklyn, NY native, Dr. Milton Walters, who was hired as the chief of human resources.
The other four appointments include Angela Allie, executive director – Office of Equity, Chief Academic Officer Seema Ramji, Chief of School Performance David May‐Stein and Deputy Superintendent Anthony Anderson.
Before his current post, Walters served the Youngstown City School District in Ohio as its assistant superintendent and chief human resources officer, overseeing student achievement initiatives and implementing talent management and professional development best practices for the district’s nearly 1,000 employees.
“Being here with Pittsburgh Public Schools affords me the opportunity to implement Dr. Hamlet’s vision and provide a world-class, diverse workforce,” said Walters.
With 4,000 employees, Walters’ first order of business is to look, listen, and assess the state of hiring and retaining qualified staff for Pittsburgh Public Schools. He also plans to take this time getting to know the human resources team.
“Our recruitment efforts to ensure high-quality staff will go coast to coast. We not only want teachers to come to Pittsburgh Public Schools, but we want them to stay.”
Since joining the team, Walters has already started a meticulous effort to attract minority professionals, specifically teachers. Now, within the District’s career section of the website is a tab titled “Teachers of Color”, a page to better support minority applicants. Walters’ team will also reach out to historically Black colleges and universities for recruitment purposes.
Another area of recruitment for the human resources department is substitute teachers. The department is currently working on ways to attract retirees, veterans, and those interested in being a full-time teachers to apply.
Walters wants to adopt an automated system where principals can identify teacher call offs, track those call offs and identify patterns of teacher absenteeism.
“Real time data tells us that student academic achievement is directly connected to having a consistent teacher in the classroom,” said Walters. “We want every staff member to possess the necessary tools and materials to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.”
Walters’ background is “a combination of corporate, K-12 and higher education experience.” He was an adjunct professor in North Carolina and Maryland, teaching legal compliance, human resources, diversity and leadership, among other subjects. Walters led operations and human resources training and development for non- and for-profit entities in New York City.
In addition to several educational leadership-based professional certifications, Walters received his Doctorate of Business Administration from Argosy University and is currently pursuing a second doctorate in Educational Leadership from Morehead State University.