Dr. Art McCoy

Art McCoy, Ph.D., is a champion for students and an inspiring education leader who has led over 120,000 students in the St. Louis region and supported over 1 million students and 2,500 schools and colleges across America. In 1996, he became the youngest certified teacher in Missouri teaching mathematics in at age 19. He became a Grade Level Principal in 1999, District K-12 Gifted Director in 2002, and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UM-St. Louis) as well as guest lecturer and speaker at the College of William and Mary, Lindenwood, Maryville, and St. Louis Community College from 2003 to date. In 2005, Dr. McCoy became the Executive Director of VICC and Student Services for Rockwood and created scores of programs and added new procedures for greater student support, access, and achievement. In 2008, he became Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, was later named the youngest and, also, the first African-American Superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant School District in December 2010 at 33. Dr. McCoy led the district to earn much recognition including the Urban Overachiever Award for outstanding graduation rates. Dr. McCoy is a state and national leader for Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity Initiative and economic development grants for developing college and career pathways for students (grades 7-14). He is the founder and president of SAGES Consulting LLC and SAGES Academy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In 2014, he served as an education adviser to the Missouri House and Senate and helped write state laws for education equity. He served as Superintendent-in-Residence of MIND Research Institute for the 2014-15 school year and Base 11’s national advisory board, consulting on workforce development programs. Dr. McCoy earned his doctorate of philosophy in education with an emphasis in education leadership and policy studies from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents post-graduate program. He is a recipient of Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity grant for workforce development and career pathways. He has been recognized for numerous awards a few of which include the National Bar Association Sankofa Award, the Extraordinary African-American Trailblazer Award by The Royal Vagabonds, Inc., which is a non-profit philanthropic organization, and the Silver Beaver Award by the Board Scouts of America

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