Newsmaker: Michael Boyd
Noteworthy: Boyd was recognized Thursday as Lawrenceville-based Bike Pittsburgh's Advocate of the Year for his work at Chatham University. He also was recognized for his work in Wilkins, where he recently was elected to the Board of Commissioners and has started “Share the Road East,” a bicycle/pedestrian committee that aims to improve suburban roads for bikers and walkers.
Family : Wife, Lisa
Education: Bachelor's degrees in music education and musical composition, University of Maryland, College Park, 2000; master's degree in music theory and history, SUNY Stony Brook, 2004; doctorate in music composition, University of Maryland, College Park 2006.
Background: Boyd came to Pittsburgh in 2008 to take a teaching position at Chatham. There, he became involved in the university's environmental sustainability and employee health initiatives, joining committees that helped guide the school toward becoming more bicycle-friendly.
Quote: “I'd noticed that the bike infrastructure kind of ended at the city line. ... One of the things that attracted my wife and I to (Wilkins) is that it was already pretty bike-friendly."