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Former Alabama State University (ASU) president Gwendolyn Boyd has been named President and Chair of the Career Communications Group Alumni Committee. In this position, Rev. Boyd will be responsible for day-to-day activities of the committee as well as oversight of all program events.

Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG) is the publisher of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, and producer of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference, which held its 31st annual event in Washington D.C. February 9-11, 2017.

CCG also publishes Women of Color magazine and hosts the Women of Color (WOC) in Science, Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference, which marks its 22nd year this fall.

Since winning the 1996 BEYA for Community Service, Rev. Boyd has been active in the CCG Alumni network. Each year, she takes part in events that feature past award winners from both BEYA and WOC STEM conferences. These events connect young people in high school and college with opportunities to learn about STEM careers from real life role models and benefit from the rewards of mentoring.

In 2012, she joined CCG’s Hall of Fame in recognition of her significant contributions to advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Rev. Boyd made a keynote speech on STEM and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 2016 BEYA STEM Conference.

“Rev. Boyd is a longtime friend of Career Communications Group (CCG), a passionate believer in the CCG mission to get more youth into STEM,” said Tyrone Taborn, CEO and Chief Content Officer of Career Communications Group, Inc. “There is no doubt that Gwen will be an outstanding Alumni Chairman.”

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Boyd is the first African American woman to earn a mechanical engineering degree from Yale. Earlier, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Alabama State University, with minors in physics and music. She also earned both a master’s degree in divinity and a doctorate in ministry from Howard University.

Boyd spent more than 30 years doing professional engineering at IBM and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). At APL, she later held posts in diversity and inclusion, working directly for the president.

In 2014, she came back to Alabama State and successfully stabilized the university during her tenure as college president. Her many accomplishments at ASU include launching the first engineering program. During her tenure as ASU president, Boyd also hosted the first summit of HBCU presidents on STEM, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The summit was a groundbreaking event for a diverse group to explore collaborative opportunities to advance excellence, innovation, and education in STEM disciplines.

Other highlights of Rev. Boyd’s career include a U.S. Senate confirmation to serve as a trustee to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, appointment to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, and service as president of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

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Bradford BraxtonApril 15, 2017
6:56 pm

Congratulations Dr. Boyd. Thank God for answered prayers.

Minner BaldwinApril 15, 2017
9:57 pm

Congratulations Soror Boyd!

Gloria PowellApril 16, 2017
4:56 am

Congratulations Dr. Boyd. Job well done!

Eunice GoodsonApril 16, 2017
2:55 pm

Kudos to Dr.Boyd.

Bermer RidenhourApril 16, 2017
5:05 pm

Congratulations Soror Boyd. So proud of you.

Rae MartelApril 16, 2017
9:48 pm

Congratulations to a deserving God fearing brilliant woman!!

Michelle HaleApril 17, 2017
10:31 am

Rise UP Sister!!!!! Congratulations on your achievements!!!!!!!????????

Gail MatthewsApril 17, 2017
3:56 pm

Congratulations ! ASU lost an innovative President Boyd. Great credentials!

Patricia CarstarphenApril 17, 2017
7:09 pm

Congratulations! Ms. Boyd I met you in Mobile when you were the speaker at the ASU alumni banquet. I am a friend of the Greens. I am the one who took your basket back to Montgomery. Mrs. Green was in Montgomery this weekend and we both said that YOU was the best thing that ever happened to ASU. Congratulations on your new appointment and may God continue to bless you.
A fan!
Patricia Carstarphen

Deborah KingApril 18, 2017
2:35 pm

Congrats Dr. Boyd, when one door closes, God opens another because he takes care of his own.

Angela ThompsonApril 18, 2017
5:04 pm


Sylvia A. ScottApril 19, 2017
12:05 pm

PRAISE GOD!!! “Touch not thou my anointed…”
So very happy, proud and pleased for
Rev. Dr. Boyd!!!
How do I subscribe to the Women of Color magazine?

MiShon LandryApril 22, 2017
3:01 pm

Congratulations Gwen Boyd! What a fantastic accomplishment! #STEM #INSPIRED

Rev. Patricia R. OwensApril 22, 2017
11:10 pm

Congratulations Soror Boyd!!! When are you coming back to Memphis to preach!!! ❤️❤️❤️????????????? Won’t He do it!!!

Soror J. CooneyApril 23, 2017
11:26 am

Congratulations, Soror Boyd! God open doors for his children, when some men feel like closing them!! However, your accomplishments precede you & the journey isn’t over. Mz Trailblazer, keep your head up & go forth!!!!!!!!!!!

MaeFebruary 11, 2019
8:03 pm

My childhood mate, college and sister wishes to congratulate you on all that God promises His child. You have been told this a many times, oh happy day!!!our first song you sang for us in UB 1970.

TJ DayFebruary 12, 2019
2:02 am

Congratulations!!! Well deserved.

Anise Kennedy JonesFebruary 13, 2019
8:16 am

Congratulations my beautiful Soror. Wishing you continuous blessings along your path.

Pamela IsaacsFebruary 13, 2019
11:21 pm

Congratulations Soror Boyd.

Barbara Conyers-CookFebruary 14, 2019
3:50 am

Congratulations, Soror Boyd. Well deserved.

EVELYN HARTFebruary 14, 2019
2:30 pm

Congratulations Soror Boyd. Most deserving.

Danita McTier RoseFebruary 18, 2019
7:19 am

Congratulations! What God has for you, it is for you!

Sandra HintonFebruary 18, 2019
9:56 am

Just learning about this wonderful news! Mother and I are so happy about this! Congratulations!
Sandra Hoggs Hinton

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