Alumni Representatives to the
UDC Board of Trustees
A TRUSTEE CANDIDATE FORUM for alumni nominees to the UDC Board of Trustees was held on March 12th. The 90-minute session was co-sponsored by the University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society (UDCNAS) and the Office of University Advancement and featured the four (4) candidates who are seeking election to the three (3) available seats. The moderated program provided an opportunity for University alumni to hear from those who are seeking to represent their peers for a five-year term on the University Board of Trustees. Biographies for each of the candidates are available here. The entire TRUSTEE CANDIDATE FORUM can be viewed below.
The Board of Trustees election is being conducted by ELECTION AMERICA, an independent agency, which has assigned a unique ELECTION CODE number and a VOTING PIN identification to each UDC graduate. Alumni who did not receive a ballot by mail or who may have questions should contact the help desk at help+UDC@election-america.com or call 866.384.9978 to obtain voting credentials.
The voting deadline for alumni representatives to the Board of Trustees will end on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Gwendolyn Hubbard Lewis is a proven leader, experienced manager, and a life-long advocate for quality education. She received a bachelor’s degree from the District of Columbia Teacher’s College in 1974, with a certification in secondary education. Later, she returned to the University of the District of Columbia, where she studied Information Systems and earned her master’s degree in Public Administration in 1988.
As an education leader, Gwen was twice elected to the Alexandria City Board of Education and served one term as its Vice Chair from 2002 to 2006. She is the Founder of the Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria, VA (CCNA) and Executive Director of “Reach and Rise for Excellence” (RARE), an after-school enrichment program, which she developed to provide advocacy and support services for at-risk minority youth. She has also provided leadership to better integrate community and education services that help children, engage parents, and encourage cultural competence.
Gwen retired from the Federal Government with more than 30 years of exemplary service, and was recognized many times for her outstanding management and leadership qualities. Most importantly, she managed the design and implementation of several major projects within the multi-million dollar IRS tax administration system. She also developed curriculum used in distant learning partnerships with major universities for the Internal Revenue Service’s employee training programs, and provided nationwide instruction to procurement personnel throughout the Federal system.
Moreover, as a certified contracting officer in Federal service, Gwen is distinguished as Founder of the National Association of Black Procurement Professionals (NABPP) and served as its Executive Director for six years.
Among her civic affiliations, Gwen has served as the deputy co-chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee and served as an officer in the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP. She also provided guidance on the Regional Advisory Council of the United Way and served as a representative on the Economic Opportunity Commission. Most recently, she was appointed to the Child, Youth and Family Collaborative Commission to advise city leaders on the effective integration of services to support youth and their families.
Gwen is recognized as one of her community’s “Living Legends” with a nomination in 2014 as a distinguished lifelong citizen of Alexandria, VA. She enjoys affiliation with the Alfred Street Baptist Church, the Arlington Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
As an alumni representative to the Board of Trustees, Gwen will support University programs and Board initiatives, and use her knowledge and expertise to provide guidance to strengthen University operations and procedures. Further, Gwen will be a catalyst to optimize the continued growth and outreach of the University of the District of Columbia, and to further its reputation as an outstanding public institution, locally, nationally and abroad.
Calvin Rice is a Program Manager with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a trusted systems integrator providing information technology (IT), systems engineering and professional services to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. Calvin serves as a catalyst for Communications, Leadership, Risk Management, and Business Development within the Defense community. With 19 years of experience in the IT industry, he is responsible for the successful completion of all tasks in his assigned program area including technical work, staff supervision, financial, and business development activities.
Calvin was selected to work on a cross-functional project team with the Estonia’s Cyber Defense League, which is a collaborative partnership between the public and private sector. The project examined how the public and private sectors worked together to defend against cyber attacks. This collaboration resulted in a dynamic paper that provided guidance and recommendations for continued success and cooperative alignment.
Calvin graduated with high distinction from the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Procurement and Public Contracting. He also holds an Executive MBA from the George Washington University.
Calvin is a lifetime member of the UDC National Alumni Society. As an undergraduate student, he participated in multiple activities and is an active champion for UDC throughout the community. On campus, Calvin was a member of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Honda All-Star Team (academic challenge), champion for School of Business and Public Administration, and now actively mentors UDC students. In addition to Calvin’s service to UDC, he is also an avid champion of social justice. He volunteers and supports community organizations such as Martha’s Table, We Feed Our People and Project Give Back, to name a few.
Calvin is also a proud veteran of the United States Coast Guard.
Barrington D. Scott, I is a lifetime public servant. Born in Washington DC and a product of the D.C. Public Schools, Scott attended Whittier Elementary School, Paul Junior High School, and Calvin Coolidge High School, where he played on the 1972-1973 City Championship Football Team. Barrington, affectionately known as “Bo” earned his B.S. degree in Leisure Studies with a minor in Physical Education from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) in 1982.
While a student at UDC, Barrington’s activism with the student government, led to his organizing D.C. area universities to participate in the 1982 March on Washington, which was successful in advocating for legislation establishing a Federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a student athlete, Barrington served as Co-Capitan of the football team and received Division II Honorable Mention honors in 1979 for his stellar play.
Scott’s community service activities have included: several terms as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and service as ANC 4B Chairman (for which where he received a Lamond Riggs Community Leadership Award for his advocacy in health care issues, community safety and building new recreation centers in Ward 4). Additionally, he was featured on the cover of DC North Magazine in recognition of his commitment to effective public service.
Barrington Scott is an experienced Board Member, having served on that capacity for numerous organizations throughout the Washington DC community; including the Historic Kappa House Restoration Foundation (charter member of the Board), Honorary Co-Chair of The Historic Kappa Heritage Trail, WKAY -100 Mentoring Program and the DC Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund, with an endowment of over $3,000,000.00.
Education has always been a central focus of Scott’s public service. In 1987, Barrington became a Co-Founder of the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, the first such public high school alumni association incorporated in the District of Columbia. To date, 56 students have received scholarship money from this organization. In recognition of his commitment to public education, Barrington has received two “DC City Council Resolutions “for his efforts to raise scholarships to send District High School Seniors to Colleges and Universities”.
In 2007 Barrington, received an award from the “National Academy of Recording Arts & Science” for his support to Education, Advocacy and Human Service Initiatives. He has also served as Chairman and Co-Founder of the DC – Clash of the Titians Football Classic established in 1987. This rivalry infused football game-between Calvin Coolidge High School and Theodore Roosevelt High School brings one of the largest crowds to witness a D.C. high school sporting contest on an annual basis.
In addition to his public service, Barrington is engaged in a several community, fraternal and professional activities. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. and served as Polemarch (President) of the Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter in 1995-96. Scott’s leadership within the fraternity has earned him recognition as an awardee of both the Lamont Lawson Award (Highest Chapter Award) and the Eastern Province Meritorious Service Award (Highest Award in the Region for Service).
Barrington is an active member of Prince Hall Lodge #14, PHA, MWGLDC, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South America and Jurisdictions, Inc. & the United Supreme Council-Grand Inspector General of the 33rd and last degree. He has served as operations manager and overseer of the renovation project at the Prince Hall & Eastern Star Center for Performing Arts (Ballroom) at the Historic Masonic Temple at 1000 U St. NW Washington DC.
Professionally, Barrington serves as the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Deanwood Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Northeast Washington DC. His professional credentials include: Activity Director Certified ADC, Registered Recreational Therapist RRT, and Activities Director Board Certified AD-BC. Scott has served as the President of the D.C. Recreation Activities Coordinators Society and served on the Department of Consumers & Regulatory Affairs Licensing Board for Registered Recreational Therapists.
In addition to his other pursuits, Barrington is an entrepreneur and business owner of long standing entertainment company with many years of experience in marketing, advertising and event planning as CEO of Boulevard Entertainment, LLC. In that capacity, he has worked with some of the nation’s most noted artists in the entertainment industry. A dedicated family man, Barrington is immensely proud of his son, Barrington D. Scott, II and grandchildren, Myanthony, Nyla, Alaya, Tre’ Barrington and Xiria.
Scott has been an enthusiastic a supporter of his alma mater for many years and he was proud to participate in the recent 2014 Kick-off “Brick & Paver Campaign”. Please support Barrington D. Scott, I for the University of the District of Columbia‘s open position of Alumni Board of Trustees. His leadership, commitment, knowledge and Love of the University will serve us well.
Jerome Shelton served as Chairman of the District of Columbia Teachers Federal Credit Union; Jerome continues his service to DCTFCU organization as Vice Chairman and currently as Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Concurrent with his service to DCTFCU, in 2010 Elected 2010 as one of three Alumni Trustee Representative to the University of the District of Columbia. By rule, they cannot continue as alumni representatives having served two full terms. I brings years of leadership experience as a teacher, coach, principal, union leader and board executive. He served as a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the District of Columbia Public Schools. His leadership experiences includes service as an elected Teacher Representative to the Executive Board of the Washington Teachers Union; Teacher Appraisal process committee, Chair of the Region C/VI Elementary Athletic League; chairman of the Fort Lincoln Physical Education Planning committee, Chairman of the Association of Assistant Principals for Community Education and numerous other boards and union committee positions. After varying experiences as an administrator in the DC Public Schools including Bunker Hill Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Brookland Elementary Schools, Fort Lincoln Elementary Middle & Community School, The Dix Street Academy, Dunbar and Eastern Senior High Schools, Mr. Shelton retired in 2002 after serving as Principal at Eastern.
During my first term on the board I led efforts to get monies promised to under paid employee, returned the school of business to renovated instructional space, aided in the creating a law school as required by accrediting authorities, worked tirelessly on the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan. I have served as chair and member before the 2014 restructuring and currently by appointment or volunteer on all board committees. Four years ago with support from alumni of all predecessor college established the Athletic Hall of Fame; we have inducted four years of candidates. Joining as a lifetime member of District of Columbia National Alumni Society, I personally committed to providing monthly information at our meetings, and doing everything, I can think of to support our Society.
I married Violet, my friend, my wife and my classmate. The Shelton family, including many aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins, understand firsthand the critical importance of a degree and the challenges faced by students attending The University of the District of Columbia. Our family continues appreciating the power of a UDC degree.
I hope you will vote for me and support my efforts to continue serving our university.