Bio PictureMichael R. McGough was a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent in the public schools of Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. In addition to his years in public education, he was a professor of education at York College of Pennsylvania. During his fourteen years at York College, he served as an associate professor, division director, program coordinator, and the chair of the Education Department.

Since 1976, he has served as a Licensed Guide with the National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park, where he has earned the rank of guide emeritus. Dr. McGough is the author of several books, numerous articles, and a number of long-running newspaper columns. He has developed and currently presents a series of seminars and keynotes focused on organizational and personal leadership, team processes, and enhancing workplace environments.


– married, two married children, four grandchildren.


1972 – University of Pittsburgh – BA
1977 – Western Maryland College – MLA
1988 – Shippensburg University – Principal’s Certification
1989 – Pennsylvania State University – D.Ed.
1995 – Shippensburg University – Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (43 years) (Retired May 2015)

Public Education – teacher, coach, department head, assistant principal, principal, public relations director, special education coordinator, assistant superintendent
College – associate professor of education, coordinator of elementary and middle level education, director of professional development division, department chair


American Public Education Foundation – First Fellow
Pennsylvania Enterprise in Educational Foundation – Executive Director
e-Collaborate International Educational Coalition – Senior Program Advisor
Dwight D. Eisenhower Society – Trustee


Gettysburg National Military Park – National Park Service – US Department of the Interior – Licensed Battlefield Guide Emeritus


Researcher, designer, and facilitator of keynotes and seminars on:
– personal and group leadership,
– educational topics and trends,
– historical topics,
– professional growth and development,
– personal empowerment and life enrichment.


Author of several books and numerous articles
Newspaper columnist
Creator of several published works in the visual arts


Licensed Guide Emeritus, National Park Service, Gettysburg National Military Park
Professional Consultant