Former Charleston County School District Superintendent Nancy McGinley has started a consulting business offering seminars, events, consultations, and speaking engagements.
“I’m very interested in staying in this community, and the two areas that I’m very passionate about are leadership and education,” McGinley says. “It doesn’t mean that I eventually may not take a position of some type, but I’m not anxious to leave Charleston. I think there are so many great things about Charleston, and I have a great support system here.”
McGinley resigned from her position with the school district in October 2014. She announced her new business venture, the Common Ground Leadership Project, in an e-mail to numerous district employees Wednesday afternoon.
“After closing out my career as the longest serving superintendent in our district’s history and moving our district from ‘Below Average’ to ‘Excellent,’ I have decided it is time to give back and help others become peak performing leaders,” McGinley writes. “I created CGLP to do just that.”
Under the terms of her resignation from the school district, McGinley was to remain a district employee in a consulting capacity through June 30, 2015. McGinley says her new business does not represent a conflict of interest because her agreement with the district allowed her to seek full-time employment elsewhere.
In her e-mail, McGinley writes that her new venture “targets educators and aspiring educators in the Southeastern United States” and adds, “I will always have a special place in my heart for Charleston and, especially, the leaders I have worked so closely with over the last 10 years.”
The Common Ground Leadership Project already has three multi-day seminars scheduled: Foundations of Effective Leadership (Feb. 20-22 at Wild Dunes Resort), Leadership Ed-ventures (March 7-8 at College of Charleston North Campus), and Transitioning to Senior Level Leadership (April 11-12 at College of Charleston North Campus). The individual registration fee for each seminar is $595, but in her e-mail, McGinley offers a 20 percent discount to CCSD educators who register by Feb. 10.
The Post and Courier reported earlier this month that McGinley was a potential nominee for state secretary of education in her home state of Pennsylvania, where the position is appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate. But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Jan. 19 that Governor-elect Tom Wolf had tapped Lancaster School District Superintendent Pedro Rivera for the job instead.