McGill Named Director of Southeast’s Jane Stephens Honors Program


Dr. Jim McGill, professor of chemistry at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named director of the Jane Stephens Honors Program.

McGill has been serving has interim director since August 2017.

McGill is in his 18th year in the Department of Chemistry. His research interests are in forensic chemistry and its applications as an outreach tool for stimulating student interest in learning about science. He is a 1996 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, and holds a doctoral degree in chemistry from Kansas State University. He is also certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics in the specialty area of drug analysis.

Dr. Tamela Randolph, interim Southeast provost, said “We are looking forward to working with Dr. McGill in his new role. The Jane Stephens Honors Program is in great hands, and we look forward to seeing new opportunities for our Honors students.”

Dr. Bethany Alden-Rivers, associate provost, said, “Dr. McGill brings so much enthusiasm to the program. He is passionate about the work he does with Honors students and faculty, and we are excited to see where his leadership takes the program.”

The Jane Stephens Honors Program helps Southeast students stand out from their peers. The program offers educational opportunities tailored to the special needs, aspirations and motivations of students whose intellectual and creative abilities are outstanding.

McGill will serve a one-year term with an option to renew for an additional term(s).

For more information about the Jane Stephens Honors Program, visit