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Business leader named president of Atlanta Education Fund

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Atlanta Education Fund's Board of Directors has approved William "Bill" McCargo to serve as the organization's new president.

McCargo comes to the Atlanta Education Fund after retiring from a career of 31 years with Scientific Atlanta, which was acquired by Cisco in 2006. He serves on the national board of the Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals, the board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and Gwinnett Technology College, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett County Chamber Board of Directors. He co-chaired Partnership Gwinnett, the strategic planning process for the County, and is co-chairing the Engage Gwinnett study commission on government service and funding levels.

McCargo has worked in the area of education reform and through the Scientific Atlanta Foundation has directed financial support to educational organizations, primarily in the Atlanta region. He has served on multiple local and state education commissions that have been focused predominately on school board governance and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives.

"I have always been passionate about education and how it can enable all children to reach their full potential regardless of their background," McCargo said in a news release. "A quality education is a right that every child deserves, and the AEF is closely aligned with and supports the Atlanta Public Schools' successful reform efforts."

The AEF supports the Atlanta Public Schools through advocacy and support for education reforms that sustain and accelerate student achievement, according to the release.