Irving Pressley McPhail

Background and Experience

Irving Pressley McPhail is the founder and Chief Strategy officer of the McPhail Group, a non-profitorganization. He retired from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), Inc. in 2018. He was named the sixth president and CEO of NACME in September 2009. He joined NACME in 2007 as executive vice president and COO. Prior to joining NACME, he 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. Dr. McPhail also served as COO of the Baltimore City Public Schools. He is the co-editor of Teaching African American Learners to Read: Perspectives and Practices, published by the International Reading Association in 2005, and the author of more than 50 journal articles, chapters, monographs and technical reports.

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because as the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of the McPhail Group, I am interested in improving opportunities for the next generation of educators and leaders. As the former president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) I saw the positive outcomes of the partnership with the University of Michigan. My participation on the Council will help to identify and advance the effort to increase representation of talented African American, Latino, and American Indian women and men in engineering education and careers.”