Soaring Content | TRIO Programs | Kent State University

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Schedule of Events:

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

TRIO Legacy -Travel through the decades to explore the legacy of TRIO programs nationally and at Kent State University

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

TRIO Achievers’ Luncheon    

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

TRIO Promise - Alum presentation, keynote by Carl McNair, unveiling of the TRIO Trail

2:30 p.m.. - 3:00 p.m..  


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

McNair Scholar presentations

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Small group dialogue with current McNair Scholars and McNair alumni



About Carl S. McNair

Mr. Carl S. McNair is President and CEO of McNair Achievement Programs (MAP), LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an author, NASA Ambassador, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Educator/ Consultant and Technologist.

For over twenty years, McNair Achievement Programs have developed and implemented successful S.T.E.M. educational programs. Mr. McNair has appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and African television networks and has been featured on NPR’s Tavis Smiley Show.

Mr. McNair is the Founder and President Emeritus of the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Foundation. The McNair Foundation was named in honor of his brother who died along with six of his astronaut colleagues aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, January 28, 1986. The Foundation’s programs inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) and other related careers. The McNair Foundation also created and implemented the Challengers/ McNair Space and Science Camp and the Challengers/ McNair Space Science Mentoring Program.

Mr. McNair has been an advocate for the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (aka the McNair Scholars Program). Today, McNair Scholars Programs resides at 201 colleges and universities nationally including Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1987 over 60,000 McNair Scholar alumni have participated in the McNair Scholars Program. Over 2,500 McNair Scholars have earned Doctorate degrees and several thousand others have earned Masters and Professional degrees.

Carl has been active with Leadership Atlanta, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Board Member at The Fernbank Science Center Foundation, National Technical Association, National Black M.B.A. Association, The Urban League, Youth Entrepreneurship Club, National Black Data Processing Associates, The Tuskegee Airmen, Young Astronauts Council, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Christian Business Men's Committee and Crossroads Career Ministries.

Mr. McNair authored a book entitled, In the Spirit of Ronald E. McNair-Astronaut, an inspirational and motivational biography of the life and achievements of his brother.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Mr. McNair is a native of Lake City, South Carolina. He and his wife, Mary, and daughter Desiree', resides in Atlanta, Georgia.