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SSD Names New Chief People and Culture Officer

Welcome to SSD, Phillip Boyd Chief of People and CultureMarch 9, 2022 - Mr. Phillip Boyd has been named Special School District of St. Louis County’s new Chief People and Culture Officer, effective July 1, 2022. In this role, Boyd will lead SSD’s human resources department, creating and shaping an equitable and inclusive culture that honors diversity, excellence, and innovation by supporting talent, engagement, and the employee work experience.

“Mr. Boyd’s extensive knowledge and experience in K-12 education and labor and employment law make him a valuable addition to the SSD leadership team,” said Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Keenan. “He’s a dedicated leader who is committed to fostering a culture that leverages employee engagement, champions equity, and focuses on talent and team development.”

As Chief People and Culture Officer for Missouri’s largest school district, a position that has been vacant since last fall, Boyd will lead the creation and implementation of human resources strategies to foster and retain a highly motivated, diverse, and effective workforce. He will also be responsible for ensuring that human resources processes are clearly established and communicated, as well as supporting a culture that enables our over 6,100 employees to do impactful work across all SSD schools, sites, programs, and partner districts.

“I am incredibly honored and excited for this opportunity to be SSD's new Chief People and Culture Officer and to be part of an organization dedicated to supporting children in reaching their full potential,” said Boyd. “This position represents an amazing opportunity to re-envision what it means to support all employees in their professional journey and create an entirely new possibility for developing employees.”

Boyd joins SSD from the Ferguson-Florissant School District, where he has served as the assistant superintendent of human resources services since 2016. He has also served in the Jennings School District as assistant superintendent of support and innovation and in the Normandy School District as the chief administrative officer. He began his career in education in January 2012 as a care team director in Normandy. 

Prior to his career in education, Boyd served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the U.S. Navy. Additionally, he practiced law for over a decade, where his work included commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Outside of work, he has served on various boards, including Forward Through Ferguson and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. Boyd has also served as a committee member on regional initiatives that focus on improving health and educational outcomes for under-resourced communities.

A national search was conducted for this position, attracting over 100 quality candidates. The search committee included ten representatives from a variety of roles, departments, and locations throughout the District. The committee solicited feedback from employees and key parent leaders, as well as members of the human resources department and District leadership team to develop a leader persona and job description for the position, establish the interview process, and recommend changes to the department’s structure.