Marcia Sturdivant PhD is shown after accepting her New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence award in June 2012. (Photo by J.L. Martello/File)
After a national search, The Negro Education Emergency Drive, NEED, found it’s new president and CEO right in its own back yard.
The 50-year-old scholarship and mentoring agency announced today that Marcia Sturdivant PhD, current deputy director of Allegheny County’s Office of Children Youth and Families, has accepted the position.
She will officially take the reigns July 1, replacing interim CEO and board member Claudette R. Lewis.
““It is a great day for NEED to name Dr. Sturdivant to lead this enduring 50 year old organization,” said Lewis. “We are fortunate to have attracted a person of her caliber, educational and professional background. NEED is in excellent hands to meet the challenges facing the young people we serve.”
Sturdivant earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and is an internationally recognized leader in the field of child welfare, education and psychology. She began her career with CYF in 1990, and has served as deputy director since 1998.
UPMC Diversity Director and NEED board President Candi Castleberry-Singleton said NEED will be in good hands with Sturdivant in charge.
“We believe Marcia’s passion for youth and education will serve as a guiding light for the future direction of NEED,” she said. “We are excited that she has responded to the very important mission of providing career and college access, helping youth complete higher education, and meet their highest potential.”
She was recocnized by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of their 50 Women of Excellence in 2012.