Kenneth Taylor, Ph.D.


Kenneth Taylor, Ph.D.

Senior Quality Control Management Analyst, Office of Federal Student Aid

U.S. Department of Education

Washington, DC

Age: 36



With more than 14 years’ experience in education, Kenneth Taylor, Ph.D., is committed to increasing college readiness and diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), evidenced by his work of developing educational practices that enhance the participation of minorities, first-generation and low-income students in these career fields. “Ironically, I ran from education all my life,” Taylor admits. “After taking my first job as a math teacher, however, I realized how much of an impact I could have on young minds, especially minorities.”


In addition to elementary, Taylor has taught on the secondary level, and has held positions in higher education with Morgan State University as an education research director. He began his tenure with the U.S. Department of Education as a data analyst before ascending into his current role as the senior quality control analyst with the Office of Federal Student Aid. “I enjoy organizational development and improvement,” he says. “The work I do allows me to identify problems and implement processes of improvement on a national level.”  


In 2013, just two years after receiving his doctorate in higher education administration from Morgan State University, Taylor founded the Partnership for Education Growth Systems (PEGS) to bridge the pipeline between industry and minority youth in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The first in his family to receive a terminal degree (Ph.D.), Taylor also holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Tennessee State University and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University. Recently appointed commissioner for the Mayor’s Advisory Panel for Special Education, he is an active volunteer with the Washington Mathematics Science and Technology Public Charter School, elected officer with his chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and a frequent speaker at area high schools and educational organizations. Taylor has a long-term goal of becoming the president of a university.