Dr. C. Kent McGuire

Dr. C. Kent McGuire is president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a public charity headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. SEF focuses on public policy and educational practice from pre-K to higher education in the southern United States.

Previously, he served as Dean of the College of Education, and a tenured professor in the Educational Administration Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Temple University.

Prior to that Dr. McGuire was a senior vice president at the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, where his responsibilities included leadership of the Education, Children and Youth Division.

From 1998-2001, Dr. McGuire served in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he was the senior officer for the department’s Research and Development Agency.

As the education program officer for the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts from 1995 to 1998, he managed Pew’s K-12 grants portfolio. From 1991 to 1995, Dr. McGuire served as education program director for the Eli Lilly Endowment.

His current research interests focus on education administration and policy and organizational change. He has written and coauthored various policy reports, monographs, book chapters, articles, and papers in professional journals.

Dr. McGuire received his doctorate in public administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his master’s degree in education administration and policy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan.


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