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Gwendolyn Boyd Named President of Alabama State University

boydThe board of trustees of Alabama State University has unanimously voted to name Gwendolyn Boyd as the 14th president of the 146-year-old historically Black university. When she takes office, Dr. Boyd will be the first woman to serve as president of Alabama State.

Dr. Boyd has been serving as the executive assistant to the chief of staff of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland. She is the former president of the 200,000-member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Dr. Boyd is a graduate of Alabama State University. She was the first African American to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University. She holds a second master’s degree and a doctorate from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Board of Trustees Chairman Elton Dean stated,  “Dr. Boyd is the embodiment of what is great about ASU. As an ASU graduate, she will serve as a daily reminder to our students that ASU is preparing them to impact the world.”


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  1. Kathy Simmons says:

    Congratulations Dr. Boyd,

    You are an encouragement to all women in Higher Education that a good education, hard work and a candid attitude in life can take you a long way. Keep up the awesome work and happy success in your endeavors as President with Alabama State University.

    Kathy Simmons
    University Registrar, Langston University and
    EdD candidate, Higher Education Leadership
    Walden University

  2. Cherrie Dowdell, PhD says:

    Dr Boyd I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. I was particularly impressed with the fact that you were the first African American to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University. You give the young women hope that truly anything is possible. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

    Cherrie R. Dowdell, PhD
    Public Health Analyst
    HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA
    Rockville, MD 20857
    Walden Alumni

  3. Denise R. Hayman, PhD says:

    Congratulations Dr. Boyd. I remember quite well your visit to University of Illinois at Chicago as the keynote speaker for our NSF STEP Grant. Your shared valuable information for our students, faculty and staff to support our interest in encouraging student to pursue STEM education. I know that Alabama State University has selected a great leader.

  4. Erica Farrar says:

    Congratulations Soror Boyd!

    I continue to be impressed by your intelligence, energy, passion, and commitment to education. I am honored to be joined through sisterhood with you and as a higher education administrator myself.

    All the Best,
    Erica E. Farrar
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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