Research Associates & Fellows

Frank Hull, Ph.D., Research Associate

Dr. Hull grew up on the Ole Miss campus, an experience which remains an integral part of his being. He has taught periodically at the University of Mississippi since 1966 as well as at other schools including Cass Business School (London), Arizona State University, Fordham University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland. He has taught a wide variety of courses in sociology and management and is the author of three books and over 50 professional articles. Frank received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Columbia University and his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Mississippi.

Frank has worked with Fortune 500 firms to improve their strategies for innovation and productivity under sponsorship from the US National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, US Department of Commerce, Center for Innovation Management Studies, and major corporations. His user group of leading R&D labs in the US has been in operation for two decades and includes diagnostics to identify innovative opportunities as well as executive education in the leadership of change. His work in economic development has focused on building social networks to help entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He has co-founded and facilitated forums for entrepreneurs in Northeast Mississippi and the MS Delta as well as supported inventors’ societies and venture capital groups to help start-ups create new jobs. He has also coordinated Quality Improvement Forums for leading manufacturers in the Delta.

Steve McDavid, McLean Fellow

Steve McDavid was selected President of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation in November 2009. For the past 80 years, the Sullivan Foundation has offered opportunity, provided awards and given stipends to students who merit recognition based on their character, selflessness and service. As President, Steve has developed and managed the Sullivan Scholars Program, a program through which selected schools and students explore and create centers of Social Entrepreneurship on their campuses, thereby addressing local issues of concern through creating a social enterprise. Since 1987 McDavid has engaged in a private practice of law focused on business issues, and has divided his practice evenly between transactional and litigated matters. McDavid has been recognized by his peers and selected for several years to The Best Lawyers in America.

Beginning in 1993 McDavid taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi, in the Business School, in the Law School, and in the School of Applied Sciences Hospitality-Management Division, and as a Study Abroad Business professor. McDavid has also ventured into several businesses while practicing law, including starting and owning a retail music store, a musical instrument store, a real property development company, and a ticketing software company. His efforts in these areas have provided McDavid with real-life experiences in business which enhances his teaching and legal practice. McDavid holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Mississippi, and a JD from the University of Alabama, which he attended on academic scholarship.

Julian D. Miller, McLean Fellow

Julian D. Miller works with the McLean Institute as a partner fellow. In this capacity, he works under the guidance and institutional support of the Institute to continue to develop anti-poverty projects in economic development, public health, and education in the Mississippi Delta that will have a transformational impact on public policy in Mississippi.  He will work with the McLean Institute to develop and implement two projects in the Mississippi Delta: I-Serve, which would be an academic enrichment, community service, and mentoring program and Born to Lead, a financial literacy, youth summer jobs, and academic enrichment program.

He matriculated at Harvard University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government in 2007.  After college, he returned home to the MS Delta to do anti-poverty and community development work there before enrolling at the University of MS School of Law, from which he graduated in December 2012 with honors.  His anti-poverty efforts include work with the Dreyfus Health Foundation, the MS Delta Initiative, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, and other organizations. He helped found both the Delta Fresh Foods Network and the Trinity Development Foundation. While in law school he was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity, the Ole Miss Law Pro Bono Program (where he garnered over 80 hours of pro bono service for clients in family law matters), was a Public Interest Law Foundation Scholar, made Dean’s List, and served as an Academic Excellence Program tutor for 1Ls as part of Black Law Students’ Association. He is currently a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Presiding Judge Kenneth Griffis of the Mississippi Court of Appeals.