Kent McGuire joined the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the spring of 2017. Previously, he was the Southern Education Foundation since November 2010. McGuire previously served as dean of Temple University's College of Education and professor in the college’s Department of Leadership and Policy Studies. His current research interests focus on the areas of education administration and policy, and organizational change.
Prior to this position, McGuire was senior vice president at MDRC, where he divided his time between developing and managing research projects focused on school reform and education policy and serving as the director of MDRC’s Department on Education, Children and Youth.
Before that, McGuire served as assistant secretary of education, with responsibility for the Office of Education Research and Improvement. There, he was responsible for managing a wide range of federal grants and contracts administered through eight different operating units within the agency. Previous positions include serving as the education program officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts and an education program director at the Lilly Endowment, Inc. In addition, McGuire was an assistant professor in the University of Colorado at Denver School of Education from 1989 to 1991.
From 1980 to 1989, 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.
He received a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Colorado. McGuire is a 1980-81 Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program alumnus.