Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd is an American scientist and university leader. Born in Montgomery, Alabama she excelled academically at Jefferson Davis High School, graduating as valedictorian in 1973.
Boyd earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Alabama State University. She continued her studies at Yale University, graduating in 1979 with a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, where she was the sole woman and African American in her program.
Gwendolyn's career included work at IBM and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, initially as a mechanical engineer and later in administration. She served as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and was appointed to the board of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation by the Obama administration.
In 2014, Boyd made history as the first female president of Alabama State University. Her story, including a unique clause in her contract, continues to inspire future generations, underscoring her legacy of resilience and leadership.
Join us for an inspiring Religious Emphasis Luncheon, where we celebrate the contributions of faith partners to NAACP's advocacy work. We're honored to have Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd as our keynote speaker, expanding our perspective on faith's role in social justice.