Atlanta Public Schools’ human resources chief leaving for Georgia Tech

Credit: Courtesy of Georgia Tech

Credit: Courtesy of Georgia Tech

The head of Atlanta Public Schools’ human resources department is taking a new job at Georgia Tech.

Skye Duckett was hired by APS in 2014. She was among a handful of administrators that followed former Superintendent Meria Carstarphen to Atlanta from the Austin, Texas, school system.

Duckett starts a new job as Georgia Tech’s vice president and chief human resources officer on Jan. 31, according to a news release.

Atlanta school board Chair Eshé Collins called the position “an amazing opportunity.” She expressed appreciation for Duckett’s years of work, which included helping to rebuild the district’s human resources department after a massive test-cheating scandal.

Board members gave Duckett a standing ovation at Monday’s meeting, her last at APS.

“It is clear that Skye is a rock star at what she does, but I think it’s also important to note that she’s also an APS parent,” said Superintendent Lisa Herring. “We do want to appreciate her for both her skills and her passion and what she has contributed to HR for Atlanta Public Schools. She will be missed.”

In a written statement released by Georgia Tech, Duckett called it an honor to be selected for the new position.

“I look forward to leveraging my life and work experiences to build upon the solid foundation that has been laid in order to take human resources into a new era of innovation, efficiency, and work-life balance in support of recruiting and retaining a highly engaged and talented workforce,” she said.

APS named Nicole Lawson, who worked under Duckett as executive director of talent management, as the interim chief human resources officer.