Art McCoy
Chief Academic Officer and Superintendent-in-Residence


  • Achievement gap
  • African American students
  • Leadership and governance

Art McCoy is chief academic officer and superintendent-in-residence at MIND Research Institute. He has served as an educator, administrator and author committed to improving educational equity and access. At age 19, he became the youngest certified math teacher in Missouri and went on to become superintendent of 13,000-student Ferguson-Florissant School District. Additionally, McCoy founded Severing the Achievement Gap in Education of Students (SAGES), a consulting and professional development firm, which helped raise millions of dollars for innovative programs to benefit students. He has also served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the College of William and Mary, University of Missouri, Lindenwood University and Maryville University. McCoy earned his doctorate in education with an emphasis in school leadership, policy studies, postmodern philosophy and mathematics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents post-graduate program. McCoy has served on numerous executive boards and councils.