University of Mississippi educational leadership professor Ryan Niemeyer has been selected to lead the UM chapter of the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program, a joint venture with Mississippi State University to award full scholarships to top-performing students who want to become teachers. The appointment marks the third major move at UM for Niemeyer, who serves as co-director of the Mississippi Teacher Corps and previously served as director of the university’s Grenada Center.
Niemeyer, a Lumberton native, received his doctorate in educational leadership from UM in 2008 and holds a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Before coming to UM, he held K-12 leadership positions in schools around the state and served nearly 15 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard, where he achieved the rank of captain.
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