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Tia Brown McNair

Tia Brown McNairTia Brown McNair
Vice President, Office Office Of Diversity, Equity, And Student Success

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at AAC&U. She collaborates with all AAC&U program offices and takes a leading role in advancing AAC&U projects and meetings on student success and making excellence inclusive. She is a co-PI on a newly funded LEAP Project “Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning.” McNair also directs AAC&U’s Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project, and is the PI on a new LEAP project,  “Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success.” She is a co-author on a publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. McNair chairs AAC&U’s Equity Working Group that is part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represents a large-scale, systematic effort to provide “design principles” for 21st-century learning and long-term student success. She is a co-PI on a collaborative project with Excelencia in Education to advance Latino student success through the implementation and scaling of high-impact practices to improve student learning. 

Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC. She is a co-author of the report Using Data and Inquiry to Build Equity-focused College-going Cultures. McNair’s previous experience also includes serving as a Social Scientist/Assistant Program Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Director of University Relations at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia; the Statewide Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Project at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and the Interim Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment Services at West Virginia State University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions. 

She was selected as a 2009 & 2010 Fellow to participate in the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Institutes on Equity & Critical Policy Analysis.  She has held leadership positions within the regional and statewide TRIO associations as a board member and state president.

McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.