Berry College Names New Provost
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Chemistry professor and experienced leader Mary K. Boyd, of Austin,
Texas, has been named provost at Berry College.
the college’s chief academic officer, Boyd will lead the Dean’s Council and
oversee the faculty, curriculum, library, and academic support services.
She will also help guide the college’s strategic planning and implementation
efforts. She will join Berry March 20.
to President Steve Briggs, Boyd stood out because of her balanced
strengths: “Boyd has a keen analytical mind and is also relationally
gifted; she listens and is a person of action; she is both principled and
pragmatic.” He added that “she cares deeply about student success in an
increasingly diverse society and understands how to support faculty in the
vital role of teacher-mentor-scholar.”
was selected through a competitive national search with the assistance of the
executive search firm CarterBaldwin.
am honored and privileged to join Berry College as the new provost,” Boyd said.
“Berry provides an outstanding education with a commitment to the liberal arts,
academic excellence, and a strong work program that educates the head,
heart and hands. I look forward to working with the faculty and the
entire Berry community to enhance academic quality and strengthen the integration
of challenging academic programs with meaningful applied learning experiences.”
Boyd has served previously as vice president of academic
affairs at St. Edward’s University in Austin (2013-2016), and as the dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego
(2008-2013.) She was chairwoman of Georgia Southern University’s
Department of Chemistry (2005-2008), and taught in Loyola University Chicago’s
Department of Chemistry (1990-2005.)
Educated as an organic chemist, Boyd has published 19
research articles in science journals. She was elected to the Executive
Committee of the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry in
2008 and currently serves as chair. In 2015, Boyd was named a Fellow of the
American Chemical Society.
Boyd has B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the
University of Toronto and was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the State University of New York Stony Brook.