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Winston McGregor named interim director of Guilford Education Alliance

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GREENSBORO -- Winston McGregor wants to work to ensure that some of the Guilford Education Alliance’s top efforts — such as an annual education summit — stay strong.

McGregor, who was named Wednesday as the alliance’s interim executive director, said she will “continue to raise the flag on the issues that are critical to education in Guilford County here and now.”

Margaret Arbuckle, who has led the alliance for nine years, is retiring at the end of the month.

McGregor, former president and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, will work with Arbuckle next week to learn about the alliance’s inner workings.

By January, the alliance could have a permanent director.

There also may be some tweaks to the organization’s scope and approach to supporting local schools.

Nathan Duggins, chairman of the alliance’s board of directors, said there has been conversation “about making sure we’re using community dollars as efficiently as we can.

“Every organization like the Guilford Education Alliance is periodically assessing what we do and making sure that we want to keep doing it.”

In April, the alliance’s board did an informal analysis of its advocacy projects and other obligations to assess where the organization is strongest and weakest, Duggins said.

There also have been informal talks among the leaders of local nonprofit groups about how best to work together and better coordinate their efforts.

Duggins said he is constantly talking to others in the community and leaders of other nonprofit groups involved with public education.

It’s “a little early to say there’s a plan, but as an organization (the alliance) is always looking at what’s next and making sure we’re delivering to the community in a way that’s efficient and effective,” he said.

Arbuckle is known as someone adept at bringing different leaders together for a common cause. As the interim director, McGregor will also foster collaboration.

McGregor has two sons who both will attend Kiser Middle School this fall.

She is familiar with other local foundation leaders and elected officials.

And her background as a fundraiser doesn’t hurt, Duggins said.

In December, McGregor resigned from Habitat after 10 years with that organization.

Before she left, the group had begun building its 400th home in the city and was well into a $4.5 million World of Hope campaign.

McGregor is a Greensboro native who graduated in 1989 from the School of International Service at American University.

She is a former assistant to the chief of staff for Al Gore, the former U.S. senator and vice president. She has worked as a national fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and in Gore’s bid for the presidency.

She also worked as development director of the Democratic Leadership Council and Progressive Foundation, and as executive director of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, according to a news release announcing the hire.

Keeping key programs strong is “the best way that the alliance can continue to support public education and can allow the leaders who are looking at collaboration to have that conversation about how things might fit together or how participation might be stronger moving forward,” McGregor said.


 

Winston McGregor, former president and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, has been named interim director of the Guilford Education Alliance.

McGregor is stepping in as the alliance's current executive director, Margaret Arbuckle, retires.

"Winston is highly regarded in the community and brings extensive leadership, communications and fundraising expertise to this position," Nathan Duggins, chairman of the alliance's board of directors, said in a news release.

In December, McGregor resigned from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro after more than a decade with that organization.

Before she left, the group had begun building its 400th home in the city and was well into a $4.5 million World of Hope campaign.

McGregor, who graduated in 1989 from the School of International Service at American University, is also a former assistant to the chief of staff for Al Gore, the former U.S. senator and vice president. She also has worked as a national fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and in Gore's bid for the presidency.

She also worked as development director of the Democratic Leadership Council and Progressive Foundation, and as executive director of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, according to the news release.

McGregor has been involved with the Alliance programs, attended the group's annual Education Summits, "and has insight into our work as a leading community organization advocating for quality public education," Duggins said.

Contact Marquita Brown at (336) 373-7002, and follow @mbrownk12 on Twitter.

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