Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd will speak at Voorhees College Black History Month Special Event

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Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd will speak at Voorhees College Black History Month Special Event

February 14, 2017

A special Black History Month event featuring former national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd will be held on Thursday, Feb.16 at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall. 

Boyd has been an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., rising through the ranks of the sorority's leadership since joining as a student at Alabama State. In 2000, Boyd was elected for a four-year term as the national president.

She is a member of The Links, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women, and Ebenezer A.M.E Church in Fort Washington, Md. where she serves on the ministerial staff as an itinerant elder “traveling preacher”. Boyd also serves on the board of directors of Leadership Greater Washington, the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, Bennett College, and the National Partnership for Community Leadership.

She has served in numerous capacities, such as an engineer at IBM in Kingston, NY and a submarine navigation systems analyst at the Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins University.  Later, Boyd was appointed to high-level administrative positions, first as the assistant for development programs in 1998 and then as the executive assistant to the chief of staff in 2004.

Boyd earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in music and physics from Alabama State University. Also, she earned a master’s degree in divinity from Howard University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University, becoming the institution’s first African-American woman to graduate from that program. In addition, she received honorary doctorate degrees from Lincoln University and Bennett College.

In 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Boyd to the board of trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for her civic leadership and service.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.