Dispatch 89: Announcing Saybrook U's New Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Devin Byrd


I want to once again thank the search committee as well as all of our trustees, faculty, staff, and students who participated in reviewing two incredibly talented candidates. I am pleased to announce that Devin Byrd, Ph.D. has accepted our offer of employment and will begin with Saybrook University beginning February 18, 2019. He brings an enthusiasm for the position and a deep passion for the mission of Saybrook. His background in Clinical Psychology along with his wealth of experience from accreditation to program development to academic quality initiatives make him an excellent choice as we move Saybrook forward.

Dr. Byrd is a Clinical Psychologist and currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for South University, Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dean for College of Health Professions. His responsibilities include oversight for programs offered across eleven campuses, one learning site (Orlando, FL), and the online division. In his role as Dean, his responsibilities include ensuring the academic integrity for all academic programs, oversight for programmatic accreditation, development of five-year financial projections (Pro-Formas) and market analyses for proposed programs, managing curricular/policy adjustments, and approving system-wide hires within the College.  

Dr. Byrd graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and from Virginia Tech with MS and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology. During his graduate studies, he completed his pre-doctoral internship at Brown University where he served as the Intern Representative for the Child track and completed rotations at the VA PTSD clinic, Bradley School, Child/Adolescent Inpatient facility, and the Child/Adolescent Anxiety Disorders clinic. Prior to joining South University in 2006, he served as a professor and researcher at the University of South Carolina Aiken in the Department of Psychology. His research interests include the biopsychosocial examination of depression and anxiety and children, adolescents, and young adults. 

His current community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center, the Richmond Hill Soccer Club, Richmond Hill High School Softball team (Vice President) and the Richmond Hill High School Club Girls Lacrosse team (Vice President). His personal interests include spending time with his family and friends, traveling, boating, golf, and home projects.