Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd

Ebenezer AME Church

Itenerate Elder

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd is an engineer and is described as a dynamic and relevant leader,  a prolific motivational speaker, a powerful preacher and a prominent advocate for STEM (Science, Technology,  Engineering and Mathematics) education.  Boyd earned her B.S. from Alabama State University  with a major in mathematics and a double minor in physics and music. She received a fellowship and was the first African-American female to earn a M. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. She has earned both the M. Div. and D. Min. Degrees from Howard University.


Boyd’s professional career of more than three decades at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory was highlighted by exemplary leadership and dedicated service as part of engineering teams. Boyd was a direct report to the President of Johns Hopkins University serving as chair of the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council from 2001-2014. 


Boyd returned to her alma mater in 2014 and for three years she served as the 14th and first female president of ASU. Highlights of her presidency included getting the university its very first engineering  degree program with approval for a BS in biomedical engineering. Boyd and her team got the university removed from SACSCOC warning status from previous financial instability.  The largest freshman class was documented during her tenure.

Boyd is a nationally recognized champion of education, especially as it relates to STEM. Boyd was nominated by President Barack Obama and received U.S. Senate confirmation to serve as a trustee to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in 2009 and later to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans in 2014. 


Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  She serves on the ministerial staff of Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Md.


Dr.  Gwendolyn Boyd was elected to serve from 2000-2004 as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., an international organization of more than 300,000 members. Known as the "Technology President," Boyd helped to establish technology in all facets of the sorority's activities and administration. Her four-year tenure as president included a number of transformative accomplishments, including the launching of Project SEE (Science in Everyday Experiences), an initiative funded by a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant with a goal of promoting math and science for middle school African-American girls. She also led the sorority's humanitarian and education advocacy efforts in various parts of Africa, including building the Delta House for orphans in Swaziland, establishing computer center in Lesotho and adopting the Adelaide Tambo School in Soweto, South Africa.  Boyd served as chair of the sorority's 2013 Centennial Celebrations, which involved organizing a year-long series of events culminating in a Washington, D.C.-based convention that drew more than 40,000 participants from around the world.



Gwendolyn Boyd is a member of the Capital City Chapter of the Links Incorporated.  Along with local chapter service on various committees and chair of the celebratory Capital City Annual Tea, she has also served on the Area and National levels. Link Gwen served as Eastern Area Parliamentarian during the administrations of Link Barbara Simkins, Link Cecilia Henderson, Link Alethia Spraggins and Link Bishetta Merritt.  As a result, Link Gwen also served on the National Constitution and Bylaws committee during this time.  Link Gwen also served as Chair of Education across the miles under Link Margo Copeland.  During her transition Link Kimberly Jeffries Leonard ask Link Gwen to serve for 18 months as Interim Executive Director of The Links, Inc and the Links Foundation.


Dr.  Boyd has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Kentucky State University, Lincoln University (PA) and Bennett College; The Carver Medal from Simpson College; Chancellors Award, from North Carolina Central University; Chairman’s Award, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame;  Spirit of Rosa Parks Courage Award; President’s Award, Black Women’s Agenda; Yates Award, Johns Hopkins University Black Faculty and Staff Association; One of 50 persons honored in the permanent exhibit entitled “The Indispensable Roles of Blacks at Johns Hopkins”;  numerous Congressional recognitions; 28 “Keys to the City”; a Key to the “State of Florida”; declaration of “Gwendolyn E. Boyd Day” in eight cities; profiled in The History Makers; numerous leadership and professional awards for her achievements in the fields of engineering and higher education. Additionally, she  is a member of  the Capital City Chapter of the Links, Inc.,  the Washington DC  Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Leadership Greater Washington. She serves on the Board of Directors of MedStar Health Systems.

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