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Kent McGuire

dean, College of Education, Temple University

Kent McGuire is the dean of the College of Education at Temple University. He also serves as director of the Center for Research in Human Development and Education, a university-based research organization focused on the study and demonstration of effective strategies for educating poor and minority children. Dr. McGuire is a tenured professor in the Educational Administration Program, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple University, Dr. McGuire was senior vice president at MDRC, where his responsibilities included leadership of the education, children, and youth division. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. McGuire served in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he was the senior officer for the department's research and development agency. As the education program officer for the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts from 1995 to 1998, he managed Pew's K-12 grants portfolio. From 1991 to 1995, Dr. McGuire served as education program director for the Eli Lilly Endowment. Earlier in Dr. McGuire's career, he was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado in its school of education. Prior to this, Dr. McGuire worked for the Education Commission of the States, where he rose from policy analyst to senior policy analyst and director of the School Finance Collaborative. Dr. McGuire's current research interests focus on the areas of education administration, and policy and organizational change. He has been involved in a number of evaluation research initiatives on comprehensive school reform and education finance and school improvement.