Governor Robert E. McNair Institute

McNair Institute for Research and Service

Strengthening ties within the community

The Governor Robert E. McNair Institute for Research and Service at Francis Marion University is a campus-based research and service resource. The McNair Institute provides a collaborative setting for academic, research and outreach initiatives that strengthen the ties between the University and the greater community.

Origins of the Institute

Named The McNair Center at its founding, The McNair Institute is supported by the generous PSARAS Foundation and is named after former South Carolina Governor Robert E. McNair. Governor McNair was instrumental in the establishment of Francis Marion University and spent his career fostering dedication to education and public service.

Programs and Initiatives

The McNair Institute houses several exciting programs and initiatives including:

In addition, the Governor Robert E. McNair Scholars Program brings to campus a cadre of  exceptional young scholars committed to public service and community leadership. Learn more about this exciting scholarship opportunity for South Carolina’s finest students.


Emma Driggers

Coordinating Board

The Honorable James H. Hodges—Columbia, SC – Chair
The Honorable David M. Beasley—Society Hill, SC
The Honorable Stephen Wukela, Esq.—Florence, SC
Jaime R. Harrison—Washington, D.C.
Rita McKinney—Greenville, SC
Gail Ness Richardson—Barnwell, SC
The Honorable John L. Napier—Pawleys Island, SC

In the News

Contact Us

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Dr. Jennifer Titanski-Hooper

Assistant Professor of Geography
Director of McNair Institute for Research and Service

Office: HC 108
Phone: 843-661-1619

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Melissa E. Dungan

Assistant Coordinator for International Programs, Honors and McNair

Office: HC 103
Phone: 843-661-1647