Goldie S. Byrd

Dr. Goldie Byrd 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. at Meharry Medical College in Microbiology.  She completed Post Doctoral work at Meharry Medical College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Byrd was previously employed in the biology departments at Tennessee State University and North Carolina Central University and more recently adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University.  Throughout her tenure at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, she has been involved in teaching, research and student training, as well as in developing new curricula, creating pre-matriculation programs, Saturday academies, and developmental opportunities for students as well as fellow faculty colleagues.  In 2003, Dr. Byrd joined the faculty at North Carolina A&T State University where she served as Chair of the Department of Biology.  At A&T, she is currently the Nathan F. Simms Endowed Professor of Biology and the Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, where she supports more than 200 faculty members and 3,000 students.  She has raised more than 40 million local, state, federal and private dollars to support research, research training and scholarships for students at all levels as well as junior faculty mentoring.

Dr. Byrd has exemplified excellence in teaching, research and service at the universities where she has served.  Dr. Byrd’s passion for teaching was recognized when she received the University of North Carolina System’s Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.  Her mentoring efforts were recognized in 2010 when she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barak Obama. Her business and managerial expertise was recognized with a 2010 Women in Business Award by the Greensboro Business Journal.  Her research in the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans has been recognized both nationally and internationally by the Alzheimer’s Association as well as by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

Dr. Byrd has served on many local, state and national organizations, panels and boards that champion science, diversity and inclusion and student advancement.  They include:  The North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, Leadership North Carolina Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees at Peace College, the North Carolina Task Force on Genomics and Public Health, The American Society for Microbiology Board of Education and Training, The Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of Orange and Durham counties, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center Board of Directors.  She has also served on study sections and panels for The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association.