ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The National Society of Black Engineers announced that Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., has been named its new executive director, effective June 2. Reid was the senior vice president of research, innovation and member college engagement at the United Negro College Fund.
For more than 15 years, Reid has been a leading advocate for increasing college access and opportunity for low-income and minority youth. At UNCF, he oversaw new program development, research and capacity building for the organization’s 37 historically Black colleges and universities. Prior to joining UNCF, Reid was the associate dean of Undergraduate Education and director of the Office of Minority Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was responsible for the academic performance and leadership development of underrepresented minority students. He also served as Assistant to the MIT Chancellor for Student Diversity. Reid, who is 51 years old, replaces Virginia Womack, who has been NSBE’s interim executive director since November.
“NSBE is excited to have Dr. Reid as our new leader. He will help NSBE immensely as we work to increase the number of Blacks in engineering,” said Sossena Wood, the NSBE National Chair. “We welcome his experience with developing metric-centered programs that can sustain the mission and cultivate our community.”
“I’m honored and humbled to have been selected as NSBE’s executive director,” Reid said. “I stand on the shoulders of 40 years of inspired leadership at NSBE. I am grateful for the enormous contribution that this great organization has made and from which I personally benefited as a student.”
Reid previously served as an NSBE chapter leader and as National Chairperson.
“It is my hope that NSBE becomes more impactful globally during my tenure,” he said. “I want to work with partners to dramatically increase the number of young people who are excited about and prepared for successful careers in engineering and science. This is our mandate and it is as vital and relevant today as it was when it was envisioned by our founders in 1975.”
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