Dr. Nancy J. McGinley

Dr. Nancy J. McGinley served as Superintendent of the Charleston County School District (CCSD) from April 2007 to October 31, 2014. She oversaw a system that included 48,500 students, 84 schools, numerous specialized programs, and over 6,000 employees. Previously, Nancy served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Education Fund; the Director for School Leadership at Greater Philadelphia First; and as an award-winning principal of middle and high schools.

Dr. McGinley earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership from Temple University, and her Post Doctorate Superintendent’s Letter from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her formal degrees, Nancy was a national Fellow in the Broad Superintendent’s Academy in 2002 and an International Fellow in the Eisenhower Leadership Exchange.

From the day she arrived in 2004, Dr. McGinley generated strong support for Charleston County’s public schools and the students they serve. Following nearly ten years of decline, student enrollment has now increased for eight straight years. Achievement is on the rise as evidenced by improving high school graduation rates and accelerated literacy scores. Under Dr. McGinley’s leadership, the District also initiated multiple forums for education and community involvement. The crowning achievement of her tenure in CCSD is that, in 2014, the district received a state report card rating of “Excellent.” In 2007, when Dr. McGinley was named Superintendent, the district was rated “Below Average.”

Nancy’s favorite childhood book was Heidi, as it is one of her earliest memories of being read to.