Leaders Learning from Leaders Series

July 7th, 2023

Episode 1: A Conversation with Dr. Kevin McGowan

2023 NYS and National Superintendent of the Year

Episode Transcript

Episode Summary

Host Steve Barkley speaks with Dr. Kevin McGowan, 2023 NY State & National Superintendent of the Year.

Kevin McGowan, Ed.D., is the Superintendent of the Brighton Central School District, a suburban district in Monroe County, New York. In addition to being highly ranked in New York State and nationally, Brighton schools have been recognized as “Schools to Watch,” Blue Ribbon award winners, and as a 2018 US News and World Report Gold Medal school. Throughout his work in each position, Dr. McGowan has focused on high-quality systems that provide consistency, accountability, and a focus on meeting the needs of all learners. Dr. McGowan established the commitment to “every student, every day, in every way” in leading the Brighton education community. Beyond his district leadership, Dr. McGowan has previously served on many boards, including as the President of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents, the NYS Council of School Superintendents, and the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation. In 2023, Dr. McGowan was named NYS Superintendent of the Year and AASA National Superintendent of the Year. 

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