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Kent McGuire Kent McGuire

Education Program Director, Hewlett Foundation


The Hewlett Foundation has named Kent McGuire, President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation, as its next Program Director of the Education Program.

Dr. McGuire comes to Hewlett from the Southern Education Foundation since 2010, where he leads a team committed to advancing public education in the South. Prior to that, he served as the Dean of the College of Education at Temple University and was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education from 1998-2001.

Dr. McGuire is a veteran of philanthropy, government, and academia, and he is nationally known for his strong commitment to both equity and excellence in education. His unique combination of cross-sector experience and leadership makes him exceptionally qualified to direct Hewlett’s education program, which seeks to help all students succeed in college, work and civic life.

Dr. McGuire also brings deep understanding of the practice of philanthropy and the work of Hewlett’s grantees. He served as an education program officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts and directed the education program at the Lilly Endowment, and he currently serves on the boards of the Wallace Foundation, the Institute for Educational Leadership, the New Teacher Project, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. He also served as a senior vice president at MDRC.

Dr. McGuire earned a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Colorado, an M.A. from Columbia University Teacher’s College, and a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Ericka Miller and Regan Gough led this search with Katie Rockman and Emily Buehrens.

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