Glenn “Max” McGee President

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Max is recognized as a dynamic leader, speaker and writer on critical issues in educational leadership, STEM education, student wellness, and public policy (  He has been a superintendent in four districts, most recently serving as Palo Alto’s superintendent where he launched the Advanced Authentic Research program connecting nearly 200 students with outside mentors to pursue year-long independent projects of their choosing. He has also led extensive systemic changes that improved wellness supports for students and staff as well as opportunities and access for the historically underrepresented students.  Previously, he served as president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy where he led the Academy to receive Intel’s “Star Innovator Award” as the most innovative high school in America, and launched field offices and other initiatives that expanded programs and services to thousands of students and teachers throughout the state.  Dr. McGee is a former Illinois State Superintendent of Education where he worked with the legislature to make the ACT part of the Illinois test thus giving every Illinois student opportunity to demonstrate his or her college readiness regardless of zip code. Since then 19 states have followed suit. Max has coauthored two books and served on numerous boards including the Golden Apple Foundation, the Great Books Foundation, and Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois. His most recent publication was the cover story, “Confronting Student Suicide” for School Administrator.   Max is also a monthly contributor to that journal’s Ethical Educator column.