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At the McGraw Center for Educational Leadership, we’re creating a new model of leadership development—one that builds bridges across sectors and equips leaders to develop visionary approaches to complex challenges in education.

Launching in 2023, the Center will build on Penn GSE’s outstanding legacy of preparing leaders in pre-K–12, higher education, and workplace learning to cultivate leaders who understand pressing problems in education from multiple perspectives and can develop innovative solutions.

“The future of education will undoubtedly include societal needs that we haven’t imagined yet. The McGraw Center for Educational Leadership will create a space where educational leaders can envision the future of learning around the globe.”

—Pam Grossman, Dean of the Graduate School of Education

Now Hiring: Executive Director

[Penn GSE is excited about the incredible amount of interest expressed in the Executive Director role and has closed the position to new applicants. We expect to announce the inaugural Executive Director later this spring.]

The Executive Director of the McGraw Center for Educational Leadership will be responsible for launching a newly endowed Center to maximize the impact of Penn GSE’s exceptionally strong and diverse leadership programs and position GSE as a center of conversation and thought leadership in this area. GSE’s academic leadership programs currently provide cutting edge preparation for leaders from pre-K-12 to higher education to corporate settings, but relatively few opportunities exist for students or alumni to come together to think more broadly about the future of leadership in a rapidly changing world. GSE’s outstanding faculty, reputational excellence, and collaborative spirit will provide critical support for the Executive Director in developing programs and convening gatherings that benefit multiple constituents—students, alumni, local, national, and global thought leaders, scholars, and practitioners. The Executive Director will report to the Dean of Penn GSE and work closely with the directors and faculty of our leadership programs.


Penn GSE’s Leadership Programs

The McGraw Center for Educational Leadership partners with the outstanding faculty, students, and alumni of Penn GSE’s prestigious doctoral and master’s degree programs in educational leadership.

Our Location

The Center will be housed in Penn GSE’s ambitious building expansion, currently underway, which will feature 21st-century instructional spaces and support the School’s portfolio of innovation, education, and leadership programs in the heart of the Penn campus.

Our Partners

The McGraw Center for Educational Leadership is made possible by a generous gift from the The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc. Already partners in celebrating and amplifying the profound impact of educators through the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, Penn GSE and the McGraw Family Foundation recognized that the world needs more leaders who embody the spirit of the McGraw Prize.

“Our father was ahead of his time in that he was recognizing innovative leaders. Whether teacher, principal, or corporate educator, he saw the value in those who were doing things differently. He knew that powerful learning and change was rooted in the talents and abilities of education’s top leaders.”

 —Harold McGraw III

Contact Us

The McGraw Center for Educational Leadership
University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104