Robert Boyd returns to Minot State
Robert Boyd, retired University of North Dakota vice president for student and outreach services, will return to Minot State University Monday (Nov. 21) as part of the Distinguished Alumni Series. During his visit, he will interact with MSU students, faculty and staff and community members and middle school children.
"I am honored to be asked to return to Minot State University as part of its Distinguished Alumni Series. I am proud to be a graduate of MSU and appreciate how it provided the foundation for a 45-year career in education," Boyd said.
The Rock Lake native graduated from Minot State with a bachelorís degree in mathematics education in 1964. He also holds masterís and doctoral degrees from UND. Boyd served as vice president at UND for 13 years. Prior to that, he was dean of outreach program for 19 years. Before, joining UND, he taught mathematics in Mohall (1964-67) and Minot (1969-73). In both cities, he was named "Young Outstanding Educator" by their Junior Chamber of Commerce groups. In 1973, he became an assistant principal at Minot High Schoolís newly opened Magic City Campus, and he served as its principal from 1976 to 1978.
In the late 1990s at UND, Boyd ran the "virtual" university established in the immediate aftermath of the Grand Forks Flood of '97. He then chaired the Exigency Task Force on Enrollment to help return UND to its preflood headcount. In 1998, he was chosen to lead the newly reconstituted Division of Student and Outreach Services. President Emeritus Charles Kupchella named Boyd to chair UND's Quasquicentennial, the celebration of 125 years. Meanwhile, Boyd led his own vice presidential division to a level of excellence that was often noted through national awards. In 2010, President Robert Kelley appointed him transition officer to oversee the retirement of the UND nickname and logo.
Boyd possesses expertise in the areas of leadership, organizational change, planning and ethics. From the state of North Dakota, he received the Governorís Award for Excellence in Public Service. The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Area Chamber of Commerce gave him the Henry Havig Award, its highest honor. Professionally, he received the prestigious Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership from the University Continuing Education Association, now the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.