McGee joined the administration at Tennessee Tech in 1977 as assistant dean of Extended Services and associate professor of Education. During his 19-year tenure at the university, he has also served as assistant and interim vice president for Academic Affairs. He holds master's and doctorate degrees in education from Ohio State University, where he also served as assistant director and director of Student Teaching. McGee later became a department head in the College of Education at Tennessee State University.
Author of more than 40 professional articles and 20 creative and opinion essays, McGee has written or co-written five books. One of his creative essays was the basis of a television documentary which was produced by Lifetime Cable Network.
His professional memberships include the American Higher Education Association, National Association of Continuing and Adult Education, and Phi Delta Kappa. He has also been named a fellow with the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management and with the University of Tennessee Institute for Leadership Effectiveness. McGee's honors include the President's Award at Philander Smith College, the Distinguished Scholar Award at Ohio State University and a Young Leader in Education Award with Phi Delta Kappa International. McGee is also a member of the Rotary Club of Cookeville. He and his wife, Gloria, a professor at Tennessee Tech, have two grown daughters.
Some 340 degrees representing 28 undergraduate and 15 graduate major fields of study are expected to be conferred at the commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. in Hooper Eblen Center. Graduating students hail from 53 Tennessee counties, nine other states and six foreign countries, bringing the total number of graduates in Tennessee Tech's 81-year history to more than 42,300.