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Dr. Nancy J. McGinley's Biography

Dr. Nancy J. McGinley was appointed Superintendent of the Charleston County School District (CCSD), in April 2007. She oversees a system that includes over 47,000 students, 84 schools, numerous specialized programs, and 5,700 employees.

Dr. McGinley has 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. School achievement is on the rise as evidenced by improving high school graduation rates and accelerated literacy scores.

Inspired by Dr. McGinley’s choice plan, CCSD has dramatically expanded school choice, nearly doubling its number of charter, magnet, and special-theme schools and programs over the last seven years. And the district’s new capital plan—modernizing classrooms and pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy—was supported 2-to-1 by the taxpayers of Charleston County in 2010.

Dr. McGinley’s reform efforts center on four strategic priorities: Literacy-Based Learning, Educator Effectiveness, Innovative Schools & Systems, and Partnerships. In the spring of 2012 – as part of Dr. McGinley’s ongoing efforts to improve outcomes for all students – CCSD launched a new strategic plan, Charleston Achieving Excellence: Vision 2016.

Vision 2016 is the next phase of Charleston Achieving Excellence. It strengthens the district’s emphasis on literacy improvement and teacher effectiveness; continues to restructure the district to better support schools and students, creates bold annual performance targets for all students, and holds everyone accountable for student achievement.

Now in her eleventh year in Charleston, McGinley is the longest serving superintendent in the district’s history. She previously served as chief academic officer for CCSD. Prior to that position, she was the chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Education Fund, a teacher, central office administrator and principal in The School District of Philadelphia and other surrounding districts.

She earned her masters and doctorate in educational leadership from Temple University, and her Superintendent’s Letter from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her formal degrees, McGinley was selected for the Broad Superintendent Academy in 2002, and she attended the Harvard Public Education Leadership Project. She also was an international fellow in the Eisenhower Leadership Exchange which enabled her to study school reform in New Zealand and Australia.

Results (2012-2013 SY)

  • CCSD’s state report card earned a “Good ” growth rating and “Good” absolute rating
  • 50.2% of CCSD students attended “Excellent” schools—nearly far exceeding state average
  • CCSD’s graduation rate improved three points, from 72% to 75.5%
  • CCSD has become a recognized leader in school choice, empowering parents with more options including new magnet and charter schools, and more special themes and programs than any other district in the state
  • CCSD received the $23M Teacher Incentive Fund and the $19M “Race to the Top” grant