Dr. McCown’s selection was announced at the recent summer conference of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL). The award, named for the former executive director of GAEL, is bestowed upon individuals who personify excellence in educational and community leadership.
Nominated by his peers throughout Georgia, Dr. McCown was chosen for his exceptional visionary leadership, knowledge, professionalism, and compassionate nature, tethered with his impenetrable passion for the school district he leads. Amidst the issues school systems across the state have recently faced with the declining budgets, Gordon County Schools has, under his leadership, continued to increase student achievement.
The Gordon County Board of Education recognized Dr. McCown’s achievement at its July 18 Board meeting, during which Mr. William Tyner, Board Chair, commented that, “No matter what problems arise; Bill McCown always says ‘it’s a great day’ in Gordon County Schools, and he’s right.” Mr. Tyner later added, “It is because of his leadership that we have a team of educators always seeking to improve our school system.”
Dr. McCown has been the superintendent of Gordon County Schools since July 2007. He began his career as a business education teacher in Cobb County, where he later served as both associate principal and principal. He also served as principal in both Coweta and Paulding Counties.
He became assistant superintendent for Paulding County Schools in 2000 and was the associate superintendent and director of Human Resources in that system before joining Gordon County Schools in 2007. He holds a Doctorate of Education from Auburn University, a Master’s of Business Education and certification in Administration and Leadership from West Georgia College, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Education from the University of Georgia.