The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has announced that Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. has been named its new executive director, effective June 2. Reid is currently senior vice president of research, innovation and member college engagement at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
For more than 15 years, Dr. 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, Dr. Reid was Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Office of Minority Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 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. Dr. Reid, who is 51 years old, replaces Virginia Womack, who has been NSBE’s interim executive director since November.
“I’m honored and humbled to have been selected as NSBE’s executive director,” Dr. 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.”