(Biography as published in Commencement Program, 12/93)

Dr. Ernest L. Boyer has had a long and distinguished career in education. Since assuming the presidency of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1979, Boyer has helped shape the national education debate.

He is consistently cited as one of the foremost educators in the nation and in 1990 was named Educator of the Year by U.S. News and World Report.

During the past decade, Boyer has been Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School and education columnist for The London Times. He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and a Distinguished Fulbright scholar to India and Chile.

Boyer received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and was a post-doctoral fellow in medical audiology at the University of Iowa Hospital.

He came to the Carnegie Foundation after serving as U.S. Commissioner of Education under President Carter. Prior to this appointment, Boyer served for seven years as Chancellor of the State University of New York, with its 64 campuses and 350,000 students.

Boyer has written landmark books, including “High School: A Report on Secondary Education in America,” “College: the Undergraduate Experience,” “Campus Life,” “Scholarship Reconsidered,” and “Ready to Learn: A Mandate for the Nation.”

Boyer is a Quaker. He is married to the former Kathryn Garis Tyson, a certified nurse midwife. They have four children.