Alumni Leaders Featured in Savoy Magazine

By: Charis Lawson
Nov 4, 2021

The fall 2021 issue of Savoy Magazine highlights several noteworthy members of the UMBC community, including a number of alumni and President Freeman Hrabowski. In keeping with the magazine’s theme of “Most Influential Black Corporate Directors,” the issue brings Black UMBC superstars to the forefront—and highlights the impact they are making in their fields.

For example, alumna Alicia Wilson ’04, political science, vice president for Economic Development for Johns Hopkins University, discusses the importance of choosing your closest advisors. Kimberly Ellison-Taylor ’93, information systems management, founder and chief executive officer at KET solutions, is distinguished as one of 2021’s most influential black corporate directors for her work a board member for EverCommerce. Stephanie Hill ’86, computer science and economics, is praised for her work as senior vice president of Enterprise Business Transformation at Lockheed Martin.

Alumna Alicia Wilson ’04, political science, (right) shares some advice with student Sydney Fryer ’22, psychology, outside the Retriever Activities Center at UMBC.

Savoy also features an extensive piece on the impact of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, its staff and many impressive alumni. Featured community members include Moderna COVID-19 vaccine developer Kizzmekia Corbett ’08, M16, biological sciences and sociology; Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman ’19, M26, mathematics; former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams ’97, M4, biochemistry and molecular Biology; Michael Summers, the Robert E. Meyerhoff Chair for Excellence in Research and Mentoring at UMBC;  Rhodes Scholar Naomi Mburu ’18, M26, chemical engineering; Darian Cash ’02, M10; and Kyla McMullen’05, M13, computer science. Learn more about the impact of the Meyerhoff Program here

Hrabowski was honored in different ways throughout the issue for the impact he has had on higher education across the country, including his role in building the Meyerhoff Program, a proven model for increasing diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields.  

Read more at Savoy Magazine online.

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Header Image: UMBC alumna Kizzmekia Corbett ’08, M16, who developed the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’09, for UMBC Magazine.

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