The trustees of Alabama State University have selected Gwendolyn Boyd as the university's new president.
The board voted Friday after interviewing three finalists at the Montgomery university. The other finalists were retired Brigadier Gen. Samuel Nichols and Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross.
Boyd is a Montgomery native who earned her bachelor's degree in math from Alabama State, her master's degree in engineering from Yale University and her doctorate in divinity from Howard University. She is currently executive assistant to the chief of staff of the Applied Physics Lab at John Hopkins University.
She replaces Joseph Silver, who parted ways with the university a year ago after questioning some contracts. Boyd called the controversy "a blip on the radar."