McGinley contender for top educator in Pennsylvania

Former Charleston County School District Superintendent Nancy McGinley is under consideration for appointment as secretary of education for Pennsylvania.

Former Charleston Schools Superintendent Nancy McGinley is up for consideration as the top educator in her home state of Pennsylvania.

McGinley confirmed Friday that she met with Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition committee on Monday to discuss her candidacy for Secretary of Education. A spokesman for Wolf did not respond to an email seeking comment. McGinley said she wasn’t sure how many candidates there may be for the appointment.

McGinley served as superintendent of Charleston County schools from 2007 until last October when she resigned amid mounting pressure involving the Academic Magnet football team’s racially charged post-game watermelon ritual.

Prior to coming to Charleston in 2004 to serve as chief academic officer, McGinley had a lengthy career in education in Pennsylvania where she worked as a teacher, principal and administrator in The School District of Philadelphia and surrounding districts. She also served as the chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Education Fund.