Program Director

Dr. Donald Cole

Welcome to the home page of The University of Mississippi's Ronald E. McNair Program. This home page was completed totally by the students participating in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Summer Program and I take great pleasure in announcing that this letter is my only contribution! At every opportunity I receive, I remind everyone interested in this program of its intent. In my own words, the program's purpose is to provide experiences and opportunities to individuals, prompting them to obtain a doctoral degree and enter the professorate. This program addresses the critical shortage of minorities holding the doctorate in almost every field of study. As Director of this program, I take this purpose to heart. The experiences alluded to above will vary from McNair Program to McNair Program. The uniqueness and strength of our program resides with the participation and involvement of other state institutions. In particular, the backbone of our program consists of students from Alcorn State University, Rust College, Tougaloo College and The University of Mississippi. Liaisons and mentors from these institutions help us to attract the best and the brightest students to represent our consortium. Although the program is administered by the Graduate School, the real support base represents a University-wide commitment to achieving its goals. The Chancellor's Office, the Office of the Provost, and the Assistant Director, collectively lend efforts to the program's success and make my job extremely rewarding. The McNair Program is proven to change lives. We touch lives, and in turn, our lives are touched. Nothing is more pleasurable than to see a timid, but bright, student from Nowhere, Mississippi participate in our program and become aware of the rewards of graduate study, excited about the possibilities, and determined to attend Graduate School because of our efforts. I hope that you would continue to read about the program on this site, tell others about it, and help us achieve our most noteworthy objectives. Thanks.


Donald R. Cole
Director of the Ronald E. McNair Program


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