MILWAUKEE — Marquette University has appointed Dr. Joseph Green, director of TRIO Programs at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as director of its Educational Opportunity Program. As director, Green will oversee daily operations of the EOP, an academic program that assists low-income and first-generation students whose parents do not have a baccalaureate degree, to succeed in higher education. Some 1,708 EOP students have graduated from the EOP program since it began 41 years ago and hundreds of other EOP pre-college students have been assisted by the program, which served as a national model for federally funded TRIO programs.
Some of those EOP alumni are household names in Milwaukee and known throughout the nation. They include Congresswoman Gwen Moore, State Representative Pedro Colón, Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Ruben Anthony, Milwaukee City Common Council President Willie Hines, Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial writer and columnist James E. Causey.
“Dr. Green brings to Marquette a wealth of experience working with TRIO program students and parents and enhancing individual students’ potential for success in higher education,” said Anne Deahl, associate vice provost for academic support programs. “He also brings a warmth and vitality to his new role, and great enthusiasm to carry on the legacy of Marquette’s EOP.”
Green has served at NC-Chapel Hill since 2006. Prior to that, he directed TRIO programs at the University of Central Florida, North Carolina A&T University and Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. He has also served as an adjunct assistant professor of political science at each of those institutions. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Howard University in 2003, and his master’s degree in counseling psychology in 1995 and his bachelor’s in sociology in 1990 from Bowie State.
Green will begin at Marquette on Monday, Oct. 11. He replaces Sande Robinson, who retired in June 2010 after 35 years of service to the program.
Marquette’s four EOP TRIO programs include:
Student Support Services, which provides a network of support services to eligible students who show potential for success at Marquette. The services include financial aid assistance, a pre-enrollment summer program, academic counseling, specialized courses, seminars and tutoring, as well as personal, educational, graduate and career counseling.
Upward Bound, a pre-college program that prepares high school students to enter and complete college. The program works with students, their parent(s) and their school to help develop self-confidence, self-discipline and responsibility.
Upward Bound Math and Science, which has the same goals as Upward Bound, but focuses on students with a serious interest in math and science careers. The program offers specialized math, science, writing and technology classes.
EOP McNair Scholars Program, which serves Marquette sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in preparing for doctoral study. During the academic year, students attend monthly seminars, meet visiting scholars and participate in student and professional conferences. In addition to academic-year enrichment activities, McNair Scholars receive eight-week, paid summer research internships with Marquette faculty.