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NEED’s nationwide search for new leader ends
MARCIA M. STURDIVANT, Ph.D. to take the reins as President and CEO
After an exhaustive nationwide search, NEED today announced the hiring of a new President and CEO to lead the college access program following the June 2012 death of longtime leader Sylvester Pace. Marcia M. Sturdivant, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), Allegheny County Department of Human Services, will take the reins of the organization effective July 1, 2013, replacing interim CEO and current NEED board member Claudette R. Lewis.
Dr. Sturdivant has served as the Deputy Director of the nationally recognized Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) for the past fifteen (15) years after holding several positions in the department since 1990. Allegheny OCYF is the second largest child welfare agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sturdivant received her doctorate in Educational and Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work. A recognized leader in the field of child welfare, education and developmental psychology, Dr. Sturdivant has been a repeated participant and research panelist of the Oxford University Educational Roundtable, Oxford, England.
Dr. Sturdivant has committed her personal and professional life to improving the quality of life for children and being a voice for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Dr. Sturdivant is married to Larry Anderson, Sr. and is the proud mother of two sons, Larry, Jr. and Marshall.
NEED board president Candi Castleberry-Singleton of UPMC said, “We believe Marcia’s passion for youth and education will serve as a guiding light for the future direction of
NEED. We are excited that she has responded to the very important mission of providing career and college access, helping youth complete higher education, and meet their highest potential.”
“It is a great day for NEED to name Dr. Sturdivant to lead this enduring 50 year old organization. We are fortunate to have attracted a person of her caliber, educational and professional background. NEED is in excellent hands to meet the challenges facing the young people we serve.” said Mrs. Lewis.
Formed as a “last-dollar” organization in 1963 against a tense backdrop of racial strife, NEED today is a nationally recognized college access program that has awarded almost 20,000 grants totaling over $20 million. A turnkey program, NEED places additional focus on mentoring, internships, college advising, financial aid education, and assisting the region’s minority youth with knocking down all of the barriers to higher education.