Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Laws
Law School, May 13, 2000
Willard (Sandy) Boyd, a native Minnesotan born in St. Paul, received his B.S.L. degree and LL.B degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1949 and 1951 respectively. He also earned LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1952 and 1962. His remarkable career as an educator spans forty-five years. He served as the President of the University of Iowa from 1969 - 81 and guided the institution through some of the most tumultuous days in its 152-year history. Sandy Boyd is known to be an indefatigable advocate for human rights and according to him, his most important appointment came when he was named as the first chair of the University of Iowa's Human Rights Committee which was created to handle discrimination complaints made by members of the University community. He has served as Board and committee member of numerous arts and humanities committees. He was also one of the first winners of the Charles Frankel Prize (1989) by the national Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.