2009 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree

Dr. Kevin N. McGuire

Dr. Kevin N. McGuire

Center for Leadership and Accountability, St. John’s University

It has been said that “mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.” After an already prominent career as a school administrator, which included 18 years as the superintendent of the Half Hollow Hills School District, Dr. Kevin N. McGuire turned his attention to mentoring and advocacy.

McGuire shows his commitment to helping Long Island’s next generation of administrators as a professor in St. John’s University’s Center for Leadership and Accountability; as editor of Long Island Educational Review, a research journal for education professionals; and as an educational consultant to the New York State Council of School Superintendents and the International Center for School Leadership. In his role as mentor to aspiring and practicing school administrators, he helps address a myriad of organizational issues.

His influence has not been limited to Long Island. McGuire established and directed leadership academies for teachers and administrators throughout New York, creating a forum for affecting change and facilitating new opportunities in education across the curriculum and for a diversified population. During his tenure as director of the New York State Center for School Leadership from 2001–06, McGuire developed special reports and draft regulations for the Board of Regents. In addition, he has served as a leadership liaison to the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID).

McGuire holds a Ph.D. in administration, leadership and technology from New York University, a professional diploma from St. John’s University as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Long Island University.

McGuire comes from a family of educational pioneers. His father, John P. McGuire, created the Wilson Technological Center, the first technical school on Long Island. His sister, Ava Favara, has served as principal of Nassau BOCES’ Long Island High School for the Arts for more than four decades.