The New Pittsburgh Courier has confirmed that Dr. Wayne Walters, assistant superintendent of professional development and special programming for Pittsburgh Public Schools, has been named interim superintendent of the district.
The confirmation was made at 6:45 p.m. by the district’s Board of Directors during its legislative meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 29, with a unanimous affirmative vote, 9-0.
Dr. Walters will begin as interim superintendent on Oct. 1, the same day that the resignation of the current superintendent, Dr. Anthony Hamlet, will take effect.
Dr. Walters was a New Pittsburgh Courier “Man of Excellence” in 2014.
In July of 2017, when Dr. Walters was named to the assistant superintendent position, Superintendent Hamlet remarked at the time: “Dr. Walters has extensive experience as a school leader and in leading professional development. As a certified trainer and facilitator, Dr. Walters has presented numerous workshops and professional development at the local, national and international level. In practice, experience, and throughout the selection process, he stood out as the best candidate to develop and implement professional development for school leaders, teachers and central office staff.”
Dr. Walters was the principal of Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12 from its inception in 2009 until 2017. Prior to serving as principal of Pittsburgh Obama, Dr. Walters was principal of the Frick International Studies Academy 6-8 (2000-2008) and Assistant Principal of Northview Heights Elementary School (1999-2000). Dr. Walters joined the District in 1991 as teacher at King Elementary School, according to the district’s website.
“Dr. Walters is going to walk into a position that has a lot of help by some very talented people, people who know this district, who know education and I hope they will work as a team to move us forward during this very critical period in our time,” said board member Sala Udin, during the legislative meeting.