Dr. Lori A. WolffLori A. Wolff, Ph.D., J.D.

Director and Professor of Leadership & Counselor Education

Lori A. Wolff is the Director of the Dr. Maxine Harper Center for Educational Research and Evaluation and Professor of Leadership & Counselor Education. Her teaching emphases include higher education and statistics/research. She received her J.D. and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Creighton University. Dr. Wolff previously served as coordinator of the university’s higher education program, director of assessment for the School of Education, associate dean of students, and as an institutional research associate. She has also served as an administrator or faculty member at William Penn University, Drury University, and Saint Louis University, and was a judicial law clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals. Contact info: 662-915-5791 or

Joey RutherfordJoey Rutherford

Project Manager

Joey Rutherford is the Project Manger of the Dr. Maxine Harper Center for Educational Research and Evaluation. He began his career at CERE in 2006 as a research associate before becoming project coordinator. In September of 2013, he was named Project Manager. In 2006, he received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the university’s Management and Administrative Seminars for Human Resources Program (MASH) and the Research Administration and Management Program (RAMP). Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Higher Education/Student Affairs part-time while working for the center. Contact info: 662-915-7021 or


cere-staff2Megan Bryant

CERE EPSCoR Consultant

Megan Bryant is from Oxford, MS. She has worked at CERE since 2010 as a consultant. She is responsible for tracking over 350 EPSCoR students as they pursue their degree and enter into their chosen career. She also is responsible for conducting focus groups for various EPSCoR activities and programs. She is currently pursuing a degree in nursing.


cere-staff3Janna Coleman

Graduate Assistant

Janna Coleman is currently earning her Master of Education in Community Mental Health Counseling at the University of Mississippi. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Mississippi in 2009. Janna joined the center in January 2014.



cere-staff1Meg Huntington

Graduate Assistant

Meg Huntington is from Oxford, MS. She is a recent graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, where she received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. She is now a graduate student at the University of Mississippi pursuing a Master’s of Accountancy. She first worked at CERE in the summer of 2013, before becoming a graduate assistant in August 2013.