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Patricia Woody Reeves

Senior Advisory Consultant

Patricia Woody Reeves serves as Senior Advisory Consultant to Harris Search Associates providing insight, national relationships, and vetting of candidates on behalf of client institution committees and our firm.

Patricia is the founder of PWR Consulting Group, LLC, a Woman Owned Small Business. During her 34 years of professional leadership, technical management, and innovation she earned the distinction of becoming the first woman NAVSEA Warfare Center, Machinery Research and Engineering Technical Director, Chief Engineer and Distinguished Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM). Patricia steered the largest of the technical organizations and the only machinery command in the Navy, leading nearly 1,400 engineers and scientists, administering an annual budget in excess of $800M. She was the decision maker responsible for the strategic, technical and managerial direction of machinery programs related to US Navy surface ships, submarines and aircraft carriers, spanning science and technology, research and development, design, shipboard and land-based testing, in-service engineering, integrated logistics and customer relations.

As the machinery research and engineering technical leader, she has had extensive involvement with NAVSEA, ONR, PEOs and technology experts throughout industry and academia. She is actively engaged in numerous professional societies and civic associations including Penn State’s Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, Villanova University Engineering Advisory Board Member, NDIA Philadelphia Chapter, ASNE, ASME, IEEE, SWE and is the founder of Women in Defense Liberty Chapter.

Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Navy, academia, technical societies and the community including the Philadelphia Business Journal Women of Distinction Award, Main Line Today Power Women, Drexel University College of Engineering Alumni Circle of Distinction Award, Drexel University Alumni Association Special Distinction Award, IEEE Philadelphia Section Corporate Technology Innovation Award, NDIA National Model Chapter, and Department of the Navy Meritorious Civil Service Awards.

Patricia received her B.S.E in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S.E. in Engineering Management from Drexel University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Temple University in the graduate Engineering Management program.

Patricia Woody Reeves
Harris Search Associates - an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global higher education executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 44 offices in 33 countries worldwide. Our higher education executive search practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine, and healthcare enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery.