NACME Names New President

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has named Irving Pressley McPhail as its sixth president. The council, which was established 35 years ago, has a mission of increasing the number of minority students pursuing degrees and careers in engineering. The council works with K-12 schools to develop an interest in engineering among black and other minority youth. It also provides college scholarships for minority students who plan to major in engineering.

Dr. McPhail is a native of Harlem in New York City. He is a graduate of Cornell University where he majored in sociology. He holds a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

From 1998 to 2005, Dr. McPhail was chancellor of the Community College of Baltimore County. He has served on the faculty at Morgan State University, Delaware State University, LeMoyne-Owen College, and Pace University.