Mary Boyd named Berry Provost

Avery Boulware, Campus Carrier news editor


Mary Boyd has recently been appointed provost of Berry College. Boyd holds bachelor’s and doctorate 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. She has held positions at the University of San Diego, St. Edward’s University, Georgia Southern University and Loyola University Chicago.

Boyd plans to unify student experience at Berry instead of viewing inside and outside the classroom as separate entities.

“I hope to help create those integrations of academics with meaningful work experiences,” Boyd said.

Boyd said she has done work developing programs to increase student retention and hopes to create programs to further a sense of belonging for students. She plans to do this through the further establishment of Living-Learning Communities, which incorporate curricular and academic components as well as a co-curricular component.

Another part of Boyd’s plans for Berry is to “further faculty development to enable them to work effectively with students.” 

One way this plan could take place is through the integration of social media into classrooms by using tools that students already have.

“I’m all about meeting students where they are,” Boyd said.

Provost-elect during this transitional period, Boyd will be in Krannert Center Spruill Ballroom today for a welcome reception. On March 20 she will begin her duties.

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