Ex-Charleston schools chief Nancy McGinley launches leadership consulting business

Former Charleston County School District Superintendent Nancy McGinley has started a consulting business called Common Ground Leadership Project.

Former Charleston schools Superintendent Nancy McGinley is moving on after her resignation last fall with a new venture as a leadership consultant.

McGinley’s consulting business, Common Ground Leadership Project, will combined the former school chief’s expertise in education and leadership by offering seminars, individual consultations and speaking engagements.

“I believe we need better leaders not just in education, but in all areas of public work and I believe leaders have to be people who are value-driven, principled and not compromised that we can count on,” McGinley said. “I want to work to develop leaders in the future as I’ve done in my career in education.”

According to Common Ground’s website, McGinley has already scheduled a three-day seminar in February on “Foundations of Effective Leadership” at Wild Dunes Resort. She has two more speaking engagements at the College of Charleston North Campus in March and April.

McGinley resigned as superintendent in October in the wake of the Academic Magnet football team’s racially charged post-game watermelon ritual. She was a candidate for the secretary of education in Pennsylvania earlier this month, but the job went to a local superintendent from that state.

The idea to get into consulting is one that McGinley said she has been exploring for some time. She said she created the limited liability company for Common Ground over a year ago and she registered the domain name for the website last fall.

A stipulation in her contract with the school board, McGinley said, allowed her to participate in speaking engagements outside the district. McGinley said she had notified the school board chair after she registered the domain name, but had indicated that she was not intending to do any consulting work at that time nor was she thinking of leaving the district.

Under the terms of her resignation from the school district, McGinley will remain a district employee in a consulting capacity through June 30. The agreement does allow McGinley to take other employment.

McGinley said that while she doesn’t know what the future may hold, she has no plans to leave Charleston.

“We need good leaders here and I feel like I could be part of the future of Charleston,” she said.