Dr. Ernest L. Boyer, a nationally recognized educator, will speak at Brigham Young University's commencement exercises Aug. 12.
Boyer will also receive an honorary doctorate of humanities from BYU as part of its 113th commencement services, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Marriott Center.Boyer's professional accomplishments include a litany of administrative appointments in higher education. From 1970-77, he was chancellor of the State University of New York, with its 64 institutions and more than 350,000 students, and he was 23rd U.S. commissioner of education. Under his term as commissioner, a 40 percent increase was made in federal support for education.
He is president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Princeton, N.J., and is the senior fellow of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is also the education columnist for The London Times.
Fellow educators acknowledged his contributions by naming him the nation's leading educator in a 1983 survey. His peers also selected him as higher education's "Man of the Year" in 1987.