Irving Pressley McPhail was named as president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) in 2009. He joined NACME in 2007 as executive vice president and COO. Prior to joining NACME, Dr. McPhail founded and acted as principal of The McPhail Group LLC. He also served 15 years as a college president or chancellor at The Community College of Baltimore County, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and LeMoyne-Owen College; held tenured full professorships at three colleges and universities; and spent a year as COO of Baltimore City Public Schools.
Working at the nexus of practice, policy, and research in literacy education, post-secondary student success, community college leadership, and STEM education, Dr. McPhail is the co-editor of Teaching African American Learners to Read: Perspectives and Practices, and the author of more than 50 journal articles, chapters, monographs, and technical reports.
Dr. McPhail earned a bachelor’s degree in development sociology at Cornell University and a master’s degree in reading at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned the doctorate in reading/language arts at the University of Pennsylvania as a National Fellowships Fund Fellow. His many awards include the 2012 Educator of the Year Award from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, the Ira D. and Rubye Hibler Hall Endowed Heritage Lecture Series Award from Langston University, the Alumni of Color Achievement Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Pioneer Award from AACC’s National Council on Black American Affairs.
Dr. McPhail serves on the board of directors of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. He is a charter member of the E-Week [Engineers Week] Diversity Council. Dr. McPhail also served as a strategy coach in the Achieving the Dream national initiative at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Active in community service, he is a volunteer with the Colon Cancer Alliance, a member of the Stuyvesant High School Black Alumni Association, and a member of the E.W. Wainwright Memorial Scholarship Committee at The Shiloh Baptist Church in Harlem, New York.