Boyd Named Vice President of Academic Affairs at Guilford College
April 18, 2017
Frank Boyd, Illinois Wesleyan's Associate Provost and Title IX Coordinator, has been
named Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Guilford College, a
small liberal arts college in Greensboro, North Carolina, effective July 15.
Boyd joined Illinois Wesleyan's faculty in 1995 in the Department of Political Science,
and he was twice elected the Student Senate Professor of the Year. He has served his
colleagues in a number of administrative roles, including Chair of Political Science,
Director of General Education, Associate Dean, Associate Provost, and Interim Provost.
Boyd also was the project manager for the construction of State Farm Hall and partnered
with faculty and staff colleagues on a variety of initiatives for faculty and curricular
“I’ve had a number of significant accomplishments while at Illinois Wesleyan,” Boyd
said, “but I am most proud of the opportunities to support the outstanding work of
my faculty colleagues."
“Frank’s genuine passion for liberal arts education and his impressive track record
of astute, effective leadership make him an excellent fit for Guilford,” said Jane
Fernandes, president of Guilford College, in announcing his appointment. “He is poised
and well positioned to lead our exceptional faculty into an exciting new era of ever-growing
academic innovation and distinction.”
"I congratulate Frank on his new role and applaud President Fernandes and Guilford
College on their choice," said IWU President Eric Jensen. "I've appreciated Frank's
strategic thinking, collaborative style and leadership on campus priorities, including
our diversity initiative with the Posse Foundation. I'm grateful for his service to
Illinois Wesleyan for the past 22 years and especially on my Cabinet."
Prior to coming to Illinois Wesleyan, Boyd served as Deputy Staff Director of the
Council of Freely Elected Heads of Government, where he participated in elections
monitoring projects in Guyana, Panama and Mexico. He earned his Ph.D. in political
science at Emory University and his bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies at
the University of Alabama.
Lynda Duke, who is concluding her four-year term as Associate Dean of Curricular and
Faculty Development at Illinois Wesleyan, will succeed Boyd as Acting Associate Provost.
A call for a permanent Associate Provost will be sent to the faculty after the current
provost search concludes and the new provost has begun his or her tenure at IWU.
Duke joined Illinois Wesleyan as an assistant professor in The Ames Library in 2001,
and was promoted to professor in 2012. She earned her master's degrees at the University
of Michigan and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor's degree
at Michigan State University.