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December 2007 Press Release







Annapolis, MD (December 19, 2007) -- Maryland Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr., today named longtime educator George W. Reid, Ph.D., as his new Assistant Secretary of Planning and Academic Affairs.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Reid has agreed to share his considerable talents with us at MHEC,” Dr. Lyons said. “He has years of experience working at institutions of higher learning. We really hit a home run by bringing him here to help bolster our already outstanding system of higher education in Maryland.”

Dr. Reid received his doctorate from Howard University in African-American History in 1975 and his A.B. and M.A. degrees in history at North Carolina Central University from 1967-69.

“The opportunity to be able to work with Dr. Lyons and the many talented staff members at MHEC is a great challenge and new and exciting step in my career in higher education,” Dr. Reid said. “Maryland has many great institutions of higher learning. They are certainly a model that other states are sure to follow.”

Dr. Reid comes to MHEC after serving as Vice President for College Relations for College Loan Corporation (CLC), the seventh largest company of its kind. His duties as vice president at CLC were to develop higher education financing business relationships and opportunities with the leaders of all minority colleges and universities in the United States as well as federal territories where college students can borrow federal government loans to finance their education.

From 1998-2002, Dr. Reid was President of Kentucky State University, one of the eight state-supported Universities in Kentucky. During his tenure as president at KSU, Dr. Reid supervised four vice presidents and three cabinet executives as well as 150 full-time faculty members.

Before his presidency at KSU, Dr. Reid was founding Dean of the University College at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) then moved on to be Vice President for Academic Affairs at Savannah State College (now University) from 1990-1994. From 1994-1998, Dr. Reid was appointed Dean of the University College at the University of Cincinnati. He then was appointed Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Benedict College from 1996-1998.

After being president of KSU, Dr. Reid was selected to be a Director at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the association that represents all 118 historically black colleges and universities.

Dr. Reid lives in Glenarden, MD, with his wife, Mae. He has six children.

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