MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics and the College of Law are holding a joint Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Kimberly A. Reed, president and chairman of the Board of Directors of the federal Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).
The event will be held on March 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the WVU College of Law.
“Kim Reed’s leadership is vital to the economic growth of the United States and the world,” said Gregory Bowman, William J. Maier, Jr. Dean of the WVU College of Law. “We are proud of her many accomplishments and honored that she is taking the time to visit WVU and her home state. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear from a WVU Law graduate who is making a difference on the global economic stage.”
Reed is recognized as one of the “100 Women Leaders in STEM” and is the first female chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association. In 2019, she became the first woman and the first West Virginian to lead EXIM, confirmed by a vote of 79 to 17.
Before beginning her role with EXIM, Reed was President of the International Food Information Council Foundation. She also served as senior adviser to U.S. Treasury Secretaries John Snow and Henry Paulson and led the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, where she awarded nearly $4 billion in tax credits, loans and grants to financial institutions and economic development groups for investing in economically distressed communities.
“Chairman Reed has blazed a trail of success in both the public and private sectors over the past 20 years,” said Javier Reyes, Milan Puskar Dean of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics. “Her tremendous record of success in job creation, trade, economic development, food and agriculture sets an example for all WVU students to aspire to as they take their first steps toward changing the world.”
Reed is a 1996 graduate of WVU’s College of Law. The Buckhannon native holds a B.S. in biology and government from West Virginia Wesleyan College.