Kent McGuire


  • Academic standards
  • African American students
  • Behavior
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Education reform
  • Juvenile justice
  • Minority students
  • Remediation and intervention
  • State of education
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher support

Kent McGuire is the president and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) in Atlanta. The foundation focuses on improving education policy and practice from pre-K to higher education in the American South. Prior to joining SEF, McGuire served as dean of the College of Education at Temple University, held positions as senior vice president at MDRC, assistant secretary of education during the Clinton administration, education program officer for the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts, and the education program director for the Eli Lilly Endowment. McGuire was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He received his doctorate in public administration from the University of Colorado, 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.