Neari Francois Warner, Ph.D.

Neari Francois Warner

Title: Clinical Professor
Company: Jackson State University
Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Neari Francois Warner, Ph.D., Clinical Professor at Jackson State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Supported by five decades of industry experience, Dr. Warner is an esteemed educator at Jackson State University, where she has been serving as a visiting clinical professor with the Executive Ph.D. Program since 2005. Prior to this appointment, she served Grambling State University in multiple capacities, including acting president, provost and vice president for academic affairs, acting vice president for academic affairs, special assistant to the president, vice president for development and university relations, interim vice president for student affairs and assistant vice president for academic affairs. She also served Southern University at New Orleans as an associate professor of English, coordinator of the TRIO Programs, director of the Upward Bound Program and dean of the Junior Division.

Dr. Warner holds a Bachelor of Science from Grambling State University, a Master of Arts in English education from Atlanta University (currently Clark Atlanta University) and a Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction from Louisiana State University. Since 1973, she has been trained and certified in several leadership programs by the College of William and Mary, Grambling State University, the National Council of Educational Opportunity Association, Louisiana State University and Howard University, among others. Throughout her career, she has additionally contributed myriad articles to journals and chapters to books, and has authored numerous more books within her areas of interest.

As a testament to her success, Dr. Warner has accrued a number of accolades, most recently including the Superior Service Award from the Lambda Omicron chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in 2017, the Beacon Award for Education from the Grambling State University Foundation in 2016, and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Education and Human Development from Jackson State University in 2014 and 2015, among many others. However, when asked of her career highlights, she cites the publication of her book “Honoring the Call: Odyssey of an Acting University President” as a crowning achievement.

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