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May 7: Carnegie Mellon University Names Karen D. Boyd Dean of Student Affairs


Abby Houck                      

Carnegie Mellon University Names
Karen D. Boyd Dean of Student Affairs

boydPITTSBURGH—Following a national search, Carnegie Mellon University has named Karen D. Boyd its new dean of Student Affairs, effective July 1.
Boyd succeeds Jennifer Church, who left the university last summer to relocate with her family. G. Richard Tucker, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics, served as interim dean of Student Affairs this academic year. He will return to his full-time role in Carnegie Mellon's Modern Languages Department for the 2009-2010 academic year.    
"Throughout this search and from those who have worked with her in the past, Karen was continuously described as thoughtful, genuine and enormously dedicated to the welfare of students, staff and faculty," said Michael Murphy, vice president for Campus Affairs and search committee chair. "Karen demonstrated an appreciation for the intense academic environment at the university and for our vision for unparalleled depth and breadth in the life of the campus."
Carnegie Mellon's Division of Student Affairs coordinates student services and orchestrates the meta-curricular life of the campus. The operation is founded on a broad-based system focusing on the intellectual, occupational, emotional, spiritual, physical, and cultural growth and nurturing of students. The division includes the Office of the Dean, Career Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, Orientation and First-Year Programs, Office of International Education, Student Activities, Student Development and Student Life.
Boyd brings a wealth of experience in student development, leadership development, strategic management, policy development and implementation and planning and assessment. Her work has spanned residence life, community standards, conflict resolution, student organization advising, crisis response and financial management.
"It is my honor to join Carnegie Mellon University and to lead the Student Affairs team," Boyd said. "I look forward to working with outstanding students, faculty and staff to continue the university's long tradition of excellence."
Boyd most recently served as doctoral graduate assistant with the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia. She previously served at Clemson University as visiting instructor of Student Affairs (2007-2008); University of Georgia as doctoral assistant for Student Academic Services (2005-2007); Georgia Institute of Technology as senior associate dean of students for Student Life (1998-2005); East Carolina University as associate dean of students (1994-1998); Clemson University as acting director of Student Development (Spring 1994), assistant director of Residential Life for Judicial Affairs (1992-1994) and Bryan Mall area coordinator (1990-1992); Appalachian State University as Winkler Hall graduate resident director (1988-1990); and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Granville Towers East manager (1985-1987).
Boyd anticipates completion of her doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia in May 2010. She holds a master's degree in counseling and student development from Appalachian State University and bachelor's degrees in economics and industrial relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pictured above is Karen D. Boyd, Carnegie Mellon's new dean of Student Affairs.