About the Dean
Nathan F. Simms Endowed Professor of Biology, was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She assumed her position on February 1, 2011.
Dr. Byrd joined the faculty at North Carolina A&T State University in 2003 as chair of the Department of Biology. Throughout her tenure in academia, she has exemplified excellence in teaching, being recognized with the University of North Carolina Board of Governors award for Teaching Excellence in 2001. Dr. Byrd’s mentoring efforts were recognized in 2010 when she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama. Dr. Byrd has been active in developing new curricula, creating pre-matriculation programs, Saturday academies, and developmental opportunities for students, as well as colleagues.
Dr. Byrd’s extensive research into Alzheimer’s disease has been recognized both nationally and internationally by the Alzheimer’s Association and by the National Black College Hall of Fame. Her cross-disciplinary research has generated over $37 million in external support at A&T.
Her business and managerial expertise was recognized with a 2010 Women in Business Award by the Greensboro Business Journal. She was also honored by the Greensboro Business Journal as a recipient of the Women in Business Award in 2010. She is engaged in professional and community-based service organizations, including the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, Leadership North Carolina Board of Directors, North Carolina Biotechnology Center Board of Directors, Peace College Board of Trustees, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood in Orange and Durham counties.
She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Professional Biology and in Biology Secondary Education at North Carolina A&T State University. She received her Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics at Meharry Medical College. She previously served on the faculties of Tennessee State University, North Carolina Central University, and Duke University. Married to fellow Aggie, Dr. Randall Byrd, they are the parents of three adult children Jessica, Jennifer and Curtis.