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December 23, 2010


SPRINGFIELD –George W. Reid, assistant secretary of planning and academic affairs at the Maryland Higher Education Commission, has been appointed Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Reid succeeds Donald Sevener, who has been interim executive director since August 2010.

Reid, having served as a higher education official in Maryland since December 2007, will assume his new duties December 27.

“I am pleased to welcome George Reid to the higher education community in Illinois,” Carrie J. Hightman, Chairwoman of the Board, said. “Dr. Reid has a distinguished career in both academic and state and national higher education settings, most recently overseeing state planning in Maryland. Based on his broad experience administering academic programs in other states, I am confident he is the right person at the right time to advance the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success, our state’s blueprint for higher education policy.”

“The opportunity to serve the people of the Land of Lincoln is exciting for me,” Reid said. “I believe my journey as a senior administrator in higher education on campuses, combined with national and state policymaking roles, has led me to Illinois for a good purpose: to contribute to the discussion and decision-making required so that Illinois is ready to face its economic future with more citizens successfully completing postsecondary education and being better prepared for an increasingly global society.”

Before becoming assistant secretary for planning and academic affairs in Maryland, where he serves as the State Liaison for Complete College America and as a member of the Governor’s P-20 Council, Reid was vice president of the College Loan Corporation, a private student loan group, for three years. He served as a director at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, the umbrella organization of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions in 2003-2004. Reid was president of Kentucky State University from 1998 to 2002. Prior to his presidency, Reid served in senior level administrative positions at Benedict College (1996- 1998), the University of Cincinnati (1994 and 1996), Savannah State College (now University) (1990-1994), and North Carolina Central University (1986-1990). He taught at the college level for nearly twenty years, rising through the academic ranks to become a full professor. Reid received a Ph.D. in African and African-American History from Howard University in 1975.

Born and raised in Hertford, North Carolina, Reid now makes his hometown Glenarden, Maryland, where he has chaired the Housing Authority, and is serving his second term on the Glenarden City Council. He and his wife Mae have reared seven children.


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