EMU McNair Scholars Program names Dr. Kimberly Brown as new director

Dr. Kimberly J. Brown's headshot on a background photo of central campus.

YPSILANTI – Dr. Kimberly J. Brown has been appointed the new director of the McNair Scholars Program at Eastern Michigan University. Although Brown is new to the director position, she has worked in the program in various capacities for the past 15 years. She is a three-time Eastern Michigan alumna and a Ypsilanti native. 

The McNair Scholars Program, which is funded by a grant to EMU from the U.S. Department of Education, assists students in their journey through higher education by providing the resources and support they need to earn a bachelor’s degree and admission to master’s and doctoral programs. The program is funded by the Department of Education to provide services to 36 EMU students ranging from first-generation to low-income or from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education. 

“We are excited to have Dr. Brown assume the helm of the EMU McNair Scholars Program,” said Ann Eisenberg, dean of the Honors College and chair of the search committee. “She is dedicated to the program and the students. As a first-generation, low-income college student who went on to earn a Ph.D., she has a genuine passion for preparing similar students for success in graduate school. Her educational background—a bachelor’s in business, a master's in counseling, and a doctorate in urban education—ensures her success in this role." 

“I am excited to assume the role of director for the McNair Scholars Program,” said Brown, “because it continues and expands my service to our scholars at Eastern Michigan University through involvement in research and other life-changing experiences.”

The McNair Scholars are equally excited about Dr. Brown’s appointment as director. “Dr. Brown has been an amazing assistant director,” stated McNair Scholar and senior psychology major Jua’Chelle Harmon. “I am thrilled to know that she will be the new director. She gives great advice, goes out of her way to support you, and is always willing to give a helping hand and a listening ear. I am so proud and happy for Dr. Brown!” 

McNair Scholar and elementary education major Arnecia Paul added, “I'm excited to see Dr. Brown step into the director role because she truly deserves it. She has poured so much dedication and hard work into the program. She is such a joy to be around and truly cares about seeing us scholars thrive and succeed, both academically and personally, which I appreciate beyond words!”

The McNair Scholars Program is currently recruiting sophomores and juniors for the 2023-24 academic year. Students who are interested in learning more and faculty who wish to nominate a student can contact Dr. Brown at kbrown4@emich.edu

Visit the EMU McNair Scholars Program website for more information about the program.  


About Eastern Michigan University
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September 27, 2023

Written by:
Brooke Whittaker

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