Professional Biography of Dr. Art McCoy Jennings School District 2016-17 Superintendent of Schools
Art McCoy, Ph.D., is an inspiring champion of children and nationally recognized educator. At age 19, he began his career as a math teacher at Lafayette High School in the Rockwood School District after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education and Mathematics. He is reported to be the youngest certified teacher in the State of Missouri. Dr. McCoy went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and was appointed Vice-Principal of Hardin Middle School in the St. Charles School District at 22. In 2000, he was a Grade Level Principal in Pattonville School District. In 2002, after receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Education at age 25, he was later named as the first minority and youngest Pattonville K-12 Gifted Director. In 2005, Dr. McCoy returned to Rockwood to become the District’s youngest Executive Director of Voluntary Inter-District Choice Corporation and Student Services. After serving as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools for three years, in December 2010, Dr. McCoy became the first African-American Superintendent/CEO of Ferguson-Florissant School District at age 33. He is a state and national leader for Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity Initiative developing college and career pathways for secondary students. He has served on many committees for the Department of Education and House and Senate in Missouri, helping to write state policy and laws for education equity. Since 2003, Dr. McCoy has served as Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he teaches graduate courses such as Social Context of Education, School Finance, and District Leadership.
A nationally recognized speaker, Dr. McCoy has inspired scores of initiatives, served as an education consultant, authored many articles, and published the book, SAGES: Bridging Gaps of the Heart, Head, and Hand. He founded SAGES, with the mission to “Sever the Achievement Gap in the Education of Students and Sever Attainment Gaps Existing in Society.” He has raised more than 7 million dollars via grants, corporate and individual donors to sustain and increase innovative initiatives for students. From the 2014-15 school year to the 2015-2016 school year, he served as the Superintendent-in-Residence and Chief Academic Officer of the MIND Research Institute and the Center for Innovations in Education DBA Base 11, respectively. He has supported over 1 million students and 2500 schools and colleges across America.
Dr. McCoy has served on numerous executive boards and councils including the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis—Education Chair, Midwest Health Initiative, Boy Scouts of America—Vice Councilmen, Missouri Association of School Administrators, Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Committee, St. Louis Magic House, Harris Stowe-State University Board of Regents—Gubernatorial appointee, Construction Education Foundation, University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council—Co-Chair of Academic Affairs, and the Grand Commission for African-American Males of Sigma Pi Phi. For his work, he has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Alumni Awards from Harris-Stowe State University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis American’s Stellar Performer in Education and Salute to Excellence Award, Extraordinary African-American Trailblazer of St. Louis Award, Royal Vagabonds Foundation, Inc., Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award, NAACP Inspiring St. Louisan Award of St. Louis County and St. Louis City, and the National Bar Association Sankofa Award.