Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist Emeritus at the FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill, where she directs Project U-STAR~PLUS (Using Science, Talents and Abilities to Recognize Students ~ Promoting Learning in Underrepresented Students).
As a child she was held back in the 3rd grade because she could not read. She then graduated from high school early and began college at age 16. Her experiences as a student, a teacher, and researcher have been central to the support she has offered to others who are 2e.
She has numerous publications including “Educating Exceptional Children, 15th” (with the late Samuel A. Kirk and James J. Gallagher) and “Implementing RtI with Gifted Students” with Susan Johnsen. She served three terms (9 years) on the Board of National Association for Gifted Children; two terms (6 years) on the Board of the Council for Exceptional Children; and was president of the CEC in 2007. In 2017, she was among the first group inducted into the “2e Hall of Fame.”