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Board Appoints Dr. Anthony Hamlet Next Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools

Dr. Hamlet3 PITTSBURGH, May 18, 2016 –Dr. Anthony Hamlet has been appointed the next Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools for a five year term July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021. The Board unanimously approved the appointment at its Special Legislative Meeting this evening. To support transition, the Board additionally authorized a consulting contract with Dr. Hamlet for the period June 1 – June 30, 2016. The Board introduced Dr. Hamlet to the community at a press conference held earlier today.

“ I lead by allowing others to take greater ownership for their work, understanding of their strengths and helping them with their weaknesses. True leadership is earned by ones actions, not bestowed by virtue of having “Administrator” in your title.
I am humbled to be in the service of others, not being served by them. Displaying humility and integrity, not hubris and self-interest. I am one that listens more and talks less, while knowing what questions to ask rather than knowing all the answers. I believe in connecting ideas, people and resources, not controlling them. I strive to create opportunities and remove roadblocks, as we focus on the journey not a destination: for it is a process, not an outcome,” continued Hamlet.

Board action this evening also authorized the execution of an employment contract with Dr. Hamlet. Dr. Hamlet’s salary as Superintendent will start at $210,000 per year.
Dr. Hamlet is a native of Palm Beach County and is a product of the West Palm Beach Public School system. Upon graduation from high school, he attended the University of Miami where he was a starting defensive end. Dr. Hamlet received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1992. His achievements on the gridiron led him to a brief tenure as a professional football player with the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts. After leaving the NFL, Dr. Hamlet began his career in the service of children and families in the state of Florida.

The start of Dr. Hamlet’s career in education began with his work as a case manager and behavioral specialist with a county mental health unit. From there, he has held positions of teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal and district administrator in a variety of school settings – urban and suburban. He has worked in affluent and high poverty districts. He has worked in high achievement and failing school contexts. He has been responsible for the transformation of dozens of schools in his career and is especially adept at providing leadership in very challenging educational settings. 

Dr. Hamlet is the recipient of five Principal of the Year Awards in the State of Florida from various organizations, including the State Department of Education.
Dr. Hamlet will begin his post as Superintendent July 1, 2016, following current Superintendent Linda Lane’s decision to not pursue an extension of her contract after it expires June 30, 2016.