Marcus Sneed, associate director for The University of Toledo’s Office of Alumni Relations, received an Emerging Leader Award from the African American Legacy Project.The Emerging Leader Award was established in 2008 by the African American Legacy Project, a nonprofit organization that documents and preserves the history of northwest Ohio’s community and its impact and influence beyond the state’s borders.
The award honors those who show dedication to issues of education, professionalism and character.
“Emerging leaders are those who are in the beginning process of building a presence within the community,” said Robert Smith, executive director of the African American Legacy Project. “We look at people who impact and serve the community.”
A Toledo native, Sneed graduated from Jesup W. Scott High School and The University of Toledo.
Shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in organizational development and management in 2007, Sneed joined the UT Alumni Relations staff as an outreach coordinator. He then became assistant director of alumni relations and recently has been promoted to associate director of alumni relations.
During his career at his alma mater, he has helped secure scholarships for African-American students and continues to be a voice and advocate for African-American alumni. He is dedicated to promoting higher education and serves as a mentor and confidant to many African-American males on campus.
Additionally, he has devoted many hours to the Black Alumni Affiliate, the UT college chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and local nonprofits.
Sneed also is working on his master of business administration degree with a focus on organizational leadership at the University’s College of Business and Innovation.
He received the award during the 10th Annual African American Legacy Project Legend’s Weekend, which took place Oct. 3-4.