OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Center for Educational Research and Evaluation has been named in honor of its former director, the late Maxine Harper. The designation was announced Friday (Nov. 8) after a memorial service at Paris-Yates Chapel.
Harper, a special education professor, was a quadriplegic whose cerebral palsy confined her to a motorized wheelchair throughout most of her life. She passed away June 11 of pneumonia after more than 13 years of service at UM. She was 57.
Under new leadership from longtime UM faculty member Lori Wolff, the Dr. Maxine Harper Center for Educational Research and Evaluation will continue to provide support services for major contract- and grant-funded education projects at UM and across the state. Besides naming the center after Harper, officials are planning a new endowment in her name.
“Our center will continue to build upon the great work and reputation built by Dr. Harper and others who have supported the efforts of so many at UM and elsewhere,” said Wolff, CERE’s director and a professor of higher education. “This center was such a major a part of Maxine’s life. We seek to honor her legacy of professionalism.”
A full-service center for organizations or individuals seeking or administering grants or contracts, CERE has been housed in the UM School of Education – Mississippi’s largest producer of teachers and educational leaders – since 1999 and provides support for multiple publicly and privately funded programs, including the Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance funded by the Rock River Foundation, Parents for Public Schools funded by the Kellogg Foundation and multiple programs funded by the National Science Foundation.Read the story …