Dr. Curtis D. Byrd

Higher Education Leadership & Change Management

About Byrd



*EdD, Adult Education Leadership   University of Georgia

*MEd, Higher Education                      Iowa State University

*BS, Psychology                                     Iowa State University


Experience & Research

*Assistant Dean / Sr. Associate Director of Graduate Admissions:

         Clark Atlanta University

*Institutional Experience: 

         University of Florida, Georgia State University, University of 

         Georgia, Arizona State University, and Iowa State University

*Research and Grant Awards: 

         NAGAP Enrollment Management Research Grant 

         Council of Graduate Schools/Petersons Inclusiveness Grant




Publications & Consulting


         -Pipeline Programs in Higher Education (in progress)

         -Innovative Strategies for Diversifying the Professoriate 

         -Creative Recruitment in Race-Sensitive Environments


         Educational, Non-Profit, and Corporate Change Management




 This publication will serve as a comprehensive resource guide to support the readership’s (i.e., parents, undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, faculty, college/university and graduate school administrators) awareness of pipeline programs that recruit individuals from diverse ethnic, gender, and economic backgrounds. We are focusing on groups that are categorized as underrepresented relative to their representation in colleges and universities. 

This guide will illustrate initiatives that prepare individuals for the journey from the undergraduate degree to careers in academe. This resource will provide an in-depth discussion regarding these pipeline programs using the newly created THRIVE Index which will contextualize each program into comparable and quantifiable frameworks for the reader.  

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Dr. Curtis D. Byrd 

Graduate Enrollment Administrator,

Clark Atlanta University 


Dr. Rihana S. Mason 

Research Scientist,

Georgia State University


Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski 

President, UMBC 

University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

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Recent Seminars & Workshops


Seattle University Doctoral Students

 Saturday, November 17, 2018


Seattle University Faculty & Administrators

 Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Jamestown, LP Inclusion Seminiar

August 17 & 24, 2018


Curtis D. Byrd


Dr. Curtis Byrd has over 20 years of experience in preparing students for graduate school, career, professional and leadership development. He has  served as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Sr. Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment at Clark Atlanta University. He is responsible for coordinating  recruitment, admissions, marketing, and retention efforts for graduate students at CAU. 

Prior to CAU he served as Director of the McNair Scholars program at University of Florida and Georgia State University.  Before working with the TRIO programs, from 2000-2006 he was Executive Director of the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (a National Science Foundation funded program) and Director of Graduate Recruitment at the University of Georgia. He served on the National Advisory Board for Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and currently is the conference co-chair of the Annual National SAEOPP McNair Conference in Atlanta, GA. Also, in 2015 he successfully wrote and was awarded the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP) Enrollment Management grant for his doctoral research on Innovative Strategies for Diversifying the Professoriate. 

For three years (2013-2016) Byrd served as an Action Research Consultant for the Southern Regional Educational Board’s Doctoral Scholars Program. His work with SREB-DSP created a sustained relationship with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and programming to enhance their efforts in faculty diversity.  Dr. Byrd earned both his B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Higher Education at Iowa State University. In 2016 he graduated with his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Adult Leadership Education from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Curtis Byrd is happily married to Dr. Stephanie Evans.


Full CV / Resume

CB Resume-CV 2019-Web (pdf)



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Dr. Curtis D. Byrd

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