Glenn “Max” McGee strives for authentic educational leadership in everything he does. Currently, he is the Midwest President for the ECRA Group, a premier consultancy focused on assisting boards of education and educational leaders operationalize their vision to assure every student succeeds. Previously, Max built a long and diverse career in various institutions, school districts, and research programs.
Max served for over ten years in Illinois school districts as superintendent (1986-1998) until he became the State Superintendent of Education for the Illinois State Board of Education. He then spent two years as a senior research assistant at Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies in DeKalb. Max was superintendent of Wilmette School District 39 from 2001-2007.
In 2007, Max became president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. From there, Max established the Princeton International School of Math and Science. He later moved to Palo Alto, California, where he became the Superintendent of Schools in the Palo Alto Unified School District.
Max has penned numerous publications, served on various boards and committees within the education field, and has given presentations at statewide and national professional conferences.
Recently, Max has been enjoying attending conferences and writing about the areas of education in which he is most interested in inspiring change: confronting student suicide, leading in the toughest of times, cultivating humanity in high school and developing the boundless potential of historically underrepresented youth.
He blogs about these topics on his website, glennmaxmcgee.com. Some of his recent blog topics include subjects such as how to address the summer slide, the importance of recess, weighted grades, understanding and combating suicide clusters, sleep deprivation in teens, the benefits of a STEM education and more.