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Meet Finalist for Palo Alto's New School Superintendent!

The appointment of Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee will be presented at the June 3 Board of Education meeting, and he could succeed Dr. Kevin Skelly, who has served as Superintendent since 2007.

Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee.
Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee.
Info from the Palo Alto Unified School District: 

The Palo Alto Unified School District’s Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee as the finalist for Superintendent.

Dr. McGee is a proven leader, innovator and passionate advocate for developing the abilities of every child.

A validation team comprised of Board and community leaders traveled to Chicago on Thursday, May 22, to complete the final due diligence step in the search process.

The appointment will be presented at the June 3 Board of Education meeting.

Dr. McGee will succeed Dr. Kevin Skelly who has served as Superintendent since 2007.

Dr. McGee announced, “Serving and leading the Palo Alto Unified School District is both a monumental responsibility and an extraordinary opportunity. While I realize I have much to learn about the district, I ameager to begin by meeting with and listening to students and parents, faculty and staff, residents andbusiness owners, and all representative groups who want to see our district flourish.”

Dr. McGee’s 42-year career began as a middle school teacher and principal in Illinois, followed by 17 years as Superintendent of three Illinois K-8 school districts, including the nationally acclaimed Wilmette Public School System.

He also served as the State Superintendent of Education for the State of Illinois from 1998-2001. He has led education research teams, served on a number of state and national boards related to literacy, at-risk youth, workforce readiness, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), presented at state and national professional conferences, and co-authored two books.

Dr. McGee’s full CV is posted on the PAUSD Superintendent Search page.

Dr. McGee is currently Head of School at the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science(PRISMS), a start-up global high school collaborative for teaching, learning, and research.

Prior to his current position, Dr. McGee served six years as the President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), a state-sponsored teaching and learning laboratory and residential high school for students in Illinois. .

At IMSA, Dr. McGee implemented a five-year strategic plan, coordinated developmentof Common Core Mathematics Assessment exemplars, and led IMSA to receiving Intel’s “Star InnovatorAward” as the top high school in America.

From 2002-2007, Dr. McGee served as the Superintendent of the Wilmette Public School District in Wilmette, Illinois, where he established a national benchmark consortium of high performing school districts, initiated comprehensive “action research” on performance by gender, and launched a district-wide initiative to improve the reading abilities of boys (described in Peg Tyre’s book, The Trouble with Boys).

Before serving the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies in DeKalb, Illinois, from 2002-2004 as a Senior Research Associate, he was the State Superintendent of Education for Illinois.

As State Superintendent, he led strategic initiatives to address the achievement gap, launched an Early Childhood Education initiative, and revamped the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) personnel and policy structure to considerably improve the return on investment.

Dr. McGee earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dartmouth College and received his MA and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Chicago.

PAUSD Board President Barb Mitchell commented, "Dr. McGee’s colleagues portray a warm, energetic, and collaborative educator who leads by example, cultivates a student-centered culture, and cares deeply about developing the talents of all young people.

Aside from his demonstrated knowledge and leadership, our next Superintendent is a strong, creative, and strategic team builder who listens, builds bridges, communicates clear rationale for goals and actions, and gets things done."

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