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51st Annual Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Bicentennial Band Shell

The 51st Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. sharp, at the Bicentennial Band Shell, on the campus lawn. The Commencement Speaker will be Pamela Trotman Reid, president of the University of Saint Joseph.

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Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D.

Commencement Speaker

Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D., became the eighth President of the University of Saint Joseph (formerly Saint Joseph College) in January, 2008. Since taking office she has worked to build upon the University’s reputation for academic excellence and ensure its commitment to integrity, women’s leadership, and service. She initiated and successfully launched the University’s first professional doctoral program by creating a School of Pharmacy in downtown Hartford, a move that has garnered widespread acclaim from the Greater Hartford community. Under her leadership, the size of the graduate program in education tripled with the introduction of off-site classes throughout Connecticut; the program for adult learners was refocused; and undergraduate women’s programs have gained increased recognition for excellence and student success.

Since arriving in Connecticut, Dr. Reid’s demonstrated commitment to the community and leadership skills have made her a frequently-sought speaker and project collaborator. She has received a number of honors, including being named among 100 Most Influential Blacks in the State of Connecticut by the Connecticut State Conference of the NAACP (2009, 2011, 2013); Eight Remarkable Women in Business by Hartford Business Journal (2010); and Hartford’s 50 Most Influential People by Hartford Magazine (2010). She also received a 2011 Polaris Award from Leadership Greater Hartford, a 2011 Maria Miller Stewart Award from the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, and the Global Educator Award from the World Affairs Council of Connecticut in 2013.

Dr. Reid currently serves on the boards of the MetroHartford Alliance, the iQuilt Project for Downtown Hartford, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. She is Board Chair of both the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, and a member of the NCAA’s Division III Presidents Council. In July, 2012, she was appointed to the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Dr. Reid is a developmental psychologist who, throughout her career, has enhanced academic quality and promoted diversity. Among the projects she developed, she is most proud of a math and technology enrichment program for middle school girls which continues to operate in Detroit, MI. The program, Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real Life (GO-GIRL), was also replicated in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington and, most recently, in West Hartford.

She is nationally-known as a scholar in the area of gender and racial issues and also as an active participant in scholarly organizations, and she has numerous published book chapters and articles in psychological journals. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Reid has held elected offices in that organization. She was elected President of the APA Society for the Psychology of Women, and served as Chair of the APA Committee on Women in Psychology. She was named among the 100 Distinguished Women in Psychology by the APA (1992), and has received national awards, including the Distinguished Leadership Award given by the APA Committee on Women in Psychology and the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association of Women in Psychology.

Pam Reid holds a B.S. from Howard University, an M.A. from Temple University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has more than three decades of faculty experience in psychology, education, and women’s studies at diverse institutions, and has held administrative roles at the City University of New York Graduate School, the University of Michigan, and Roosevelt University. She is married to Dr. Irvin D. Reid, Professor and President Emeritus of Wayne State University in Detroit. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.