Everyone at the Alliance has one goal,
to make every child a graduate.
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Governing Board

Kent McGuire

C. Kent McGuire

Southern Education Foundation, President

Kent McGuire, PhD 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. Through a variety of programs and services, SEF has been particularly concerned with questions of equal access to quality education for children and youth and to the participation and success of poor and minority students in postsecondary education.

Prior to joining SEF, Dr. McGuire was dean of the College of Education at Temple University and a professor in the department of educational leadership and policy studies. Before working at Temple, Dr. McGuire was senior vice president at MDRC, where his responsibilities included leadership of the corporation’s education, children, and youth division. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. McGuire served in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of education, where he served as 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.

Dr. McGuire’s current research interests focus on the areas of education administration, education policy, and organizational change. He has been involved in a number of evaluation research initiatives on comprehensive school reform and education finance and school improvement. Dr. McGuire has written and coauthored various policy reports, monographs, book chapters, articles, and papers in professional journals.

Dr. McGuire received his doctorate degree 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.

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.