Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Senior Director for Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (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 directs AAC&U’s Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project and 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. McNair 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 reportUsing 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.