Betsy Boze

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Betsy Boze
Betsy Boze Investiture.jpg
Dr. Betsy V. Boze, the ninth President of the College of the Bahamas
Born Betsy Vogel
Shreveport, Louisiana

Washington, DC

Shreveport, LA
Education Ph.D. University of Arkansas MBA and B.S. (psychology) Southern Methodist University
Occupation Past President, College of the Bahamas
Board member of

Girl Scouts of Alaska

The Glen Retirement System

Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (Bahamas)[1]

International Association of Universities[2]

Bahamas National Trust

Gerace Research Center[3]

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas[4]

Clifton Heritage National Park[5]

Chairman, National Advisory Council on Education (Bahamas)

Betty and Paul McDonald Foundation (USA)

Bahamas Education, Culture and Science Foundation, Inc. (USA)

Canadian Friends of COB (Canada)

Betsy Vogel Boze (pronounced Bōz), is an American academic and higher education administrator. With 25 years administrative experience at public universities, she was the ninth president of The College of The Bahamas.[6][7][8][9][10] During her career she has been a Professor of Marketing, Department Chair, Dean, and the CEO of Kent State University at Stark. She is a Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) researching alternative revenue streams for public colleges and universities.


Secondary education[edit]

Contemplating SMU commencement

Boze attended Southfield School in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from C. E. Byrd High School where she was involved in social and environmental issues, including the first Earth Day. In 2009 she was inducted into the Byrd High School Hall of Fame, an honor awarded to less than one-third of one percent of graduates.[11]

Formal education[edit]

She earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology and Masters in Business Administration degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. She studied international management at Thunderbird, Spanish at ITESM (Monterrey Institute of Technology) in Monterrey, Mexico, and Japanese at International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka, Japan. She earned her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Arkansas, majoring in marketing, with minors in economics and sociology.

Post-doctoral studies[edit]

Boze's post-doctoral studies include Harvard University Seminar for New Presidents, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, The University of Hawaii Pan Asian Institute, HERS (Higher Education Resource Symposium) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Millennial Leadership Initiative, The Center for Creative Leadership and a year-long American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship. Boze is a graduate of Leadership Texas, Leadership America and Leadership Stark County.

University experience[edit]

Dr. Betsy V. Boze

Faculty, teaching and administrative appointments[edit]

Executive leadership[edit]

Dr. Boze was the ninth President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of the Bahamas.[12][13] The national higher education system of the Bahamas, COB's mission is "to support and drive national development through teaching, research & innovation, and service." COB, as it is known, is a multi-campus system with three academic campuses, three branch campuses in Abaco, Andros and The Exumas, research centers in New Providence and San Salvador Island (The Bahamas).

During her tenure at the College of the Bahamas

  • Opened a new Northern Bahamas Campus on Grand Bahama[14]
  • New Harry C. Moore Library transformed the Oakes Field Campus[15]
  • Remodeled Residence Halls and the Student Union Building were remodeled[16]
  • University Transition Secretariat worked inclusively to develop a new strategic plan.
  • International partnerships were developed including, for example
  • a Confucius Institute in partnership with NUIST the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology[17][18][19][20]
  • an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 consortium grant with Free University of Belgium[21]
  • an MOU with University of London to jointly deliver an LLM program in maritime law[22]
  • To capture and record Bahamian history, much of which is oral, established the Oral History Institute[23]
  • To ensure agricultural self-sufficiency created the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI)[24]
  • Boze's fundraising efforts tripled The College's endowment and brought in twenty-four endowed scholarships.[25][26]
  • She secured over two hundred critical acres of crown land from the government including land seven parcels important for future campus development of residence halls and new classroom buildings.
  • To thoughtfully place future facilities, a campus master facility plan was created to guide the campus through 2030 and beyond.
  • To support student retention, multiple academic success celebrations were created and significantly expanded[27]
  • To improve morale, staff recognition, longevity and other traditions were developed or restored
  • To assist under served, academically motivated students to reach their full potential, signed long-term Agreement with the Lyford Cay Foundation to sponsor a creative outreach program for at-risk 4th-12th grade students on COB campus[28]
  • Partnered with the Island School to co-brand the Cape Eleuthera Institute as the College of the Bahamas Cape Eleuthera Institute[29][30]
  • Broke ground on the new Franklin Wilson Graduate Business Building[31]

While the dean at Kent State University at Stark in North Canton, Ohio from 2005–2009,[32][33][34][35] the campus became a four-year comprehensive liberal arts university with professional graduate degree programs. During that time, the university developed a culture of planning and accountability. The first strategic plan and first enrollment management plans were developed and implemented.

Consistent with her lifelong passion for the environment she secured private funding for the Hoover Center for Environmental Media Activism.[36][37][38][39] Under her leadership, Kent State Stark was recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year (2006–2009).[40] Boze's leadership in P-16 collaboration, led to alignment of high school graduation requirements in mathematics with workforce readiness and college readiness.[41][42]

Boze was an early signer of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) for both Kent State University and the College of the Bahamas[43][44]

Senior administrative positions[edit]

Boze was the inaugural Dean of the College of Business at The University of Texas at Brownsville and served as Assistant to the President while an American Council on Education Fellow at Tulane University.[45] She served as the Chief Academic Officer of The University of Texas System "UT TeleCampus" MBA Online and held a Research Faculty appointment at Texas A&M University where she was Co-Director of the Texas Ports & Waterways.[46]

Early academic appointments[edit]

She has held full-time faculty and administrative positions at St. Bonaventure University, University of Maryland University College (Japan, Germany and Italy), Centenary College of Louisiana and The University of Alaska Anchorage where she was Department Chair of Business Administration and Faculty Senate President.[47] In addition, she was a Visiting Faculty member at Portland State University in Khabarovsk [Хаба́ровск] in the former Soviet Union.

Fund development[edit]

Through her fundraising efforts Dr. Boze has secured well over $100 million in grants, federal earmarks and personal and corporate contributions for her institutions. [48] [49] [50] [51] [52] [53] [54] [55] [56] [57] [58] She tripled the campus' endowment at both Kent State University Stark and the College of the Bahamas and at each institution she secured over two dozen new endowed scholarships to support student access and success.[59] In addition to the many construction projects at the College of the Bahamas, public, private and foundation funds were developed for a new 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2) science building at Kent State University Stark designed to LEED Green Gold standards.

Scholarly record[edit]

Boze has published over 100 peer-refereed research articles and book chapters on marketing and business administration.[60][61] She writes and speaks publicly on higher education administration, distance education, technology and women's issues.[62][63][64][65] Boze was a Master Planner in the creation of the University of Texas TeleCampus, the University of Texas's web-based, virtual university.

Academic partnerships and other collaborations[edit]

Boze has over twenty years experience in unique academic partnerships.

  • She served as the inaugural Dean of Business at both The University of Texas at Brownsville (a comprehensive state university) and Texas Southmost College (a community college). The two institutions were jointly accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools but separated in 2013.
  • At the University of Alaska Anchorage, the community colleges were merged into the university system, serving as branch and two year campuses.
  • Under a 20-year lease, Kent State University Stark, a comprehensive regional university, leases 34 acres (140,000 m2) to neighboring Stark State College of Technology. As co-located institutions, Kent State Stark provides library services and articulated many programs and courses.[66]
  • The College of the Bahamas is home to several University of the West Indies academic programs including the LLB program.

Professional and community leadership and service[edit]

International and regional leadership[edit]

Dr. Betsy Boze presiding over Kent State University Stark Commencement

Boze served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Gerace Research Center and serves on the Board of the International Association of Universities. She is served on the A۰P۰L۰U- AASCU Advisory Group on Distance Education, the AASCU Policies and Practices Committee and is an AASCU State Representative and the Board of the Millennial Leadership Initiative.

She is a Director on the Betty and Paul McDonald Foundation (Louisiana, USA) and the Florida-based Bahamas Education, Culture and Science Foundation, Inc. She is a former Director or Trustee on the following national boards in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas: the College of the Bahamas Council, Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, the Gerace Research Center, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, the Clifton Heritage National Park, the Bahamas National Trust and the National Advisory Council on Education. She is a director of the Canadian Foundation, Canadian Friends of COB.

Boze was a Commissioner on the City of Canton Sustainability Commission and Vice Chair of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. She served as trustee on the boards of the Stark County Port Authority, American Cancer Society (Ohio), Canton Museum of Art, Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce, Mayor's Literacy Commission (Canton, OH), Ohio Area Health Education Centers, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, Paul and Betty McDonald Foundation, Stark Development Board,[67] and the Stark Education Partnership P-16.[68]

She served on Rep. William Healy's mayoral Transition Team and Inaugural Committee and the Ohio Board of Regents task force to revise the Operating Manual for Two Year Campus Programs. She was the President of the Ohio Association of Regional Campuses. She further served on the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee of the Stark Development Board, the Strategic Planning Committee of the Stark County YMCA, Lake Local Schools and the Greater Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. She is a member of the Junior League of Washington, DC.

Professional service to higher education[edit]

National appointments include the Finance Committee of the American Council on Education Council of Fellows, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Women Presidents and Chancellors affinity group and the AASCU Policies and Practices Committee. She is a sponsor, mentor and faculty member of the AASCU Millennial Leadership Initiative.[69][70]

Boze is a Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Colleges and Universities) AQIP Consultant/Evaluator and PEAQ peer reviewer.[71]

She served as faculty for the 2007-2009 ACE National and Regional Leadership Forums and 2006, 2009-14 American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennial Leadership Institutes. In addition, she annually serves as an AASCU MLI mentor[72] and the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. Boze serves on the ACE Office of Women in Higher Education Executive Board.

She was a Team Leader for the 2007 AASCU Hispanic Student Success Report,[73][74] and a 2008 delegate to the Mid-West Higher Education Consortium. Boze serves on the Editorial Boards of the international journal Teaching & Learning in Higher and Continuing Education and the American Council on Education Network News.[75]

Recent leadership[edit]

Boze has served as the president of the Southwest Business Deans, Texas Council of Collegiate Education in Business (Texas College and University Business Deans), Junior Achievement (Rio Grande Valley, Texas) and Girl Scouts Susitna Council (Alaska).

She served from 1996 to 2005 as the State Coordinator of the American Council on Education Women's Network for Texas,[76] and serves on the editorial board of ACE Network News. From 1997-2005, she chaired the Women Administrators in Management Education (the women's affinity group) of the Association for the Advancement of Colleges and Schools of Business.[77]

Delta Delta Delta leadership[edit]

Boze is a third generation Delta Delta Delta (Theta Kappa, Southern Methodist University). She has served as the President of the Delta Delta Delta Alumnae Chapter (Alaska), President of the Rio Grande Valley Alumnae Chapter (Texas), State Reference Chairman (Alaska), Alumnae Advisor of the University of Arkansas collegiate chapter, Panhellenic Advisor at Louisiana State University Shreveport collegiate chapter and President of Wish Upon a Star, the Shreveport, Louisiana alumnae chapter philanthropy.

Environmental leadership[edit]

Boze has a lifetime commitment to the environmental movement.[78] She sewed and flew one of the first Ecology Flags for the original Earth Day. She is considered an international leader in Education for Sustainable Development. She was instrumental in the IAU Iquitos Statement on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, part of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

As both President of the College of the Bahamas and CEO and Dean of Kent State University at Stark, Boze signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment,[43] and the campus joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.[79][80][81] and become one of the largest recyclers in Stark County (Ohio). The campus is the site of Stark County's Earth Day and dedicated a pond as a federally protected wetland in 2007.[82] Beginning with the 2008 graduating class, graduates were encouraged to take the "Graduation Pledge" of social and environmental responsibility.


  1. ^ Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation
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  3. ^ Gerace Research Center
  4. ^ National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
  5. ^ Clifton Heritage National Park
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  7. ^ New College of the Bahamas President Selected
  8. ^ of The Bahamas President
  9. ^ Investiture
  10. ^ HCM Library Opening
  11. ^ Byrd High School Hall of Fame
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  18. ^ COB Launches Confucius Institute
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  32. ^ First Nursing Graduates
  33. ^ OCAN Award
  34. ^ Stark Business profile Archived July 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ Learn and Serve Archived 2008-02-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  36. ^ Reuters Hoover Center Environmental Media
  37. ^ Herbert W Hoover Foundation Establishes initiative
  38. ^ Newsblaze Hoover Center
  39. ^ Second Nature
  40. ^ President's Service Learning Honor Roll Archived 2008-02-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  41. ^ P-16 collaboration
  42. ^ Univ System of Ohio Seniors to Sophomores
  43. ^ a b Presidents Climate Commitment Archived 2009-07-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  44. ^ ACUPP Leadership Summit
  45. ^ 38 Named to ACE Fellows Program
  46. ^ Texas Ports and Waterways
  47. ^ Board of Regents: April 24, 1992 Official Minutes
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  59. ^ Red Orbit New Tenure Tradition
  60. ^ Marketing for Attorneys and Law Firms
  61. ^ Journal of Consumer Marketing
  62. ^ University of Texas: Resources for Minorities and Women
  63. ^ Lessons in Leadership: Executive Leadership Programs for Advancing Diversity in Higher Education
  64. ^ Book Reference
  65. ^ Journal Article
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  67. ^ SDB Trustees list
  68. ^ Stark County P-16 Compact
  69. ^ 2008 AASCU MLI Sponsors
  70. ^ 2010 Millennium Leadership Initiative
  71. ^ PEAQ consultant/evaluator
  72. ^ AACU
  73. ^ Hispanic Student Success Chronicle of Higher Education
  74. ^ "Public Purpose"
  75. ^ American Council on Education: Office of Women in Higher Education Network News 2007
  76. ^ ACE Network
  77. ^ Closing the Gender Gap
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  79. ^ AASHE Membership
  80. ^ Higher Learning Commission 2010 Presentation
  81. ^ Higher Learning Commission
  82. ^ Kent State Stark Presents an Exclusive Screening of the Environmental Film One Water

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