McGinley passed over for top educator in Pennsylvania

Former Charleston County School District Superintendent Nancy McGinley

The newly elected governor of Pennsylvania has selected a Lancaster superintendent as the state’s top educator after considering former Charleston Schools Superintendent Nancy McGinley for the position.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday appointed Pedro Rivera, superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, as the state’s secretary of education. McGinley confirmed last week that she had met with Wolf’s transition team regarding her candidacy for the position.

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.

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.