Carl S. McNair is CEO and President of McNair Achievement Programs (MAP) in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an author, education consultant, and inspirational speaker.
Under Carl’s leadership, the McNair Achievement Programs have developed and implemented successful educational programs that promote academic excellence and personal achievement. These programs are also designed to inspire and empower individuals to pursue their goals and dreams. Annually, he conducts educational seminars and delivers keynote speeches to numerous organizations and Trio programs; this includes over 100 colleges and universities with McNair Scholars Programs, Upward Bound, Talent Search and/or other educational programs. He has made speaking appearances in 40 states including Hawaii as well as Puerto Rico.
Carl is also Founder and President Emeritus of the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Foundation. The foundation was established in honor of his brother, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, who perished along with six of his astronaut colleagues aboard the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. Through the collaborative efforts of The McNair Foundation, family and friends on Capitol Hill, funding became a reality for the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Programs).
After his brother's tragic death, Carl began speaking at youth programs and conferences where he shared his brother’s story. Through Dr. McNair’s story, many have found renewed hope and inspiration to follow their dreams. He is known for his inspirational keynote speeches, powerful seminars and exemplary leadership. Carl was also featured on the Tavis Smiley Show.
He earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Industrial Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Babson College in Wellesley Massachusetts.