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Atlanta Board of Education Hires Two Urban Education Leaders to Join Incoming Superintendent in July

Atlanta Public Schools - Board of RegentsAtlanta Public Schools

For Immediate Release

ATLANTA—The Board of Education of the Atlanta Independent School System voted unanimously to hire two leaders in urban education to work with incoming Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen on July 7.  William H. Caritj will focus on Accountability and Pamela Hall will focus on Human Resources. 

Mr. Caritj (pronounced: Ca-reach) has 38 years of experience in urban education and is serving as Chief Performance and Information Officer for Austin Independent School District.  Ms. Hall is currently Executive Director – Office of Human Resources for the Austin School District. She has 36 years of experience in Human Resources. 

“These individuals bring a wealth of leadership experience and dedication to student achievement to Atlanta Public Schools. They understand the challenges we face, and they have the experience necessary to assist with the assessment of our current condition and best practices for improving the district. We are proud to support Dr. Carstarphen in building her team,” said School Board Chair Courtney English.

The education leaders will assist Dr. Carstarphen with the transition before coming on board full-time in July. 

MEDIA CONTACT FOR TRANSITION:  Jill Strickland Luse, 404-822-0145 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Atlanta Board Of Education Hires New Superintendent Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen

ATLANTA— The Atlanta Board of Education today voted unanimously to hire Meria Joel Carstarphen as Superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools. Dr. Carstarphen brings nearly 20 years of education and experience in diverse, urban public school districts including Austin, Texas, Saint Paul, Minn. and the District of Columbia. She will lead and provide oversight to a district with an $850 million budget, 49,000 students, 7,000 employees, and more than 105 learning sites.


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