Linda Sharpe at Commencement, 2005

Linda Sharpe at Commencement, 2005
Photo: Donna Coveney/Tech Talk

Linda C. Sharpe, the first African-American woman president of the MIT Alumni Association, leads the procession down the steps of 77 Mass. Ave. with MIT President Susan Hockfield and Dana G. Mead, chairman of the MIT Corporation, right behind her, 3 June 2005.

Linda Carolyn Sharpe '69 earned a Bachelors in Political Science from MIT in 1969, and from 1970 to 1975 completed PhD coursework and exams in the field.

She is currently a Transportation Program Analyst at DIGITALiBiz, Inc.

A co-founder of the MIT Black Students' Union and the first African American woman to serve as president of the MIT Alumni/ae Association, Sharpe continues to serve the MIT community in a variety of capacities:

  • Member, Educational Council (June 1992 - June 2019)
  • Vice-President, Class of 1969 (July 2014 - June 2019)
  • Member, Board Governance ad hoc Committee (July 2018 - June 2019)
  • Reunion Ambassador, Class Reunion Committee (July 2018 - June 2019)
  • Committee Member, BAMIT Capstone Event Committee (2018)
  • Member, MIT Corporation (2000-10)
  • President, MIT Alumni Association (2004-05)
  • Black Alumni of MIT Life Member (1999)
  • Bronze Beaver Award (1999)
  • Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award (1996)
Timeline: 2000s
School: School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science
Life: Black Alumni/ae of MIT (BAMIT)Black Students' Union (BSU)
Career: Transportation
Object: Photograph
Collection: Commencement, Honors, Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, MIT Corporation, Rising Voices 1995-Present, Women