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Founder of national programs promoting academic excellence to deliver MSU's MLK lecture Jan. 21

December 31, 2013

Carl McNair, founder and president of the McNair Achievement Programs and brother of the late astronaut Ronald McNair, will deliver Montana State University's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in SUB Ballroom A.   High-Res Available

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Carl McNair, founder and president of the McNair Achievement Programs and brother of the late astronaut Ronald McNair, will deliver Montana State University's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in SUB Ballroom A.

Carl McNair is an author, education consultant and inspirational speaker. He also established the successful Ronald E. McNair Foundation in honor of his brother, who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986. Carl McNair will speak about what is achievable when we truly embrace diversity, drawing lessons of hope and inspiration from his own life experiences.

Under Carl McNair's leadership, McNair Achievement Programs have developed and implemented successful educational programs nationwide promoting academic excellence and personal achievement. The foundation's programs include the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, also called the McNair Scholars Program, focused on supporting students from underrepresented populations and first generation college students, encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and other related careers.

In addition to his work with the foundation, Carl McNair has written a book, "In the Spirit of Ronald E. McNair-Astronaut," a biography of the life and achievements of his brother. He also conducts educational seminars and delivers keynote speeches to numerous organizations and Trio programs at more than 100 colleges and universities with McNair Scholars Programs, Upward Bound, Talent Search and/or other educational programs.

McNair's lecture is free, and it is an MSU Year of Engaged Leadership event. For more information, call the Diversity Awareness Office at 994-5801.

 

Ariel Donohue (406) 994-5801, diversityawareness@montana.edu