Reggie Smith III, Lincoln University Graduate of 1992, Received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Community Service

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Reggie SmithLINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Reggie Smith III, English and Mass Communications graduate of 1992, received national recognition for community service during the 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Conference.  Twelve of his colleagues joined him in Baltimore on February 18-22 to receive their awards.

Since 1986, the BEYA Awards have recognized the ongoing achievements of black leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math-related careers.  Awards are presented in more than 25 categories.

Smith currently supports the Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability (JKDDC) outreach program building collaborative relationships through the Advanced Distributive Learning (ADL) initiative.  His work facilitates partnerships and technical initiatives across joint, inter-agency, inter-governmental, and multi-national communities.

"I am always impressed with the caliber of candidates nominated for this prestigious national awards program.  Their contributions and commitment to our clients, firm, and the different volunteer organizations in which they are involved brings recognition not only to them, but our firm as well," said Patrick F. Peck, senior vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton.

Smith, the in-coming President-Elect of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), was also the first African-American elected to its board of directors.

In his work with USDLA, Smith has been instrumental in launching "National Distance Learning Week" and USDLA's Distance Learning Today quarterly supplement.  The purpose of "National Distance Learning Week" is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.  Distance Learning Today appears in USA TODAY in the top-tier markets for distance learning, and is read by 3.5 million goal-oriented professionals who recognize the value of distance learning, education, and training.

"Reggie Smith personifies the quality leadership needed in today's world.  His commitment to his family, career and community are at the highest level of excellence," said Dr. John G. Flores, Chief Executive Officer, USDLA.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University located in Chester County, PA is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.  Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.