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Betsy Vogel Boze (pronounced Bōz), is an American academic. She is a Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) researching and writing on national higher education policies and CEO of Morrigan Academic Services, a Texas-based firm providing higher education strategic planning, faciliities planning and distance learning consulting services . Boze previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Dean of Kent State University Stark.


Formal education

Contemplating SMU commencement
Boze graduated from C.marker E.marker Byrd High Schoolmarker where she was active in social and environmental causes, including the first Earth Day. She will be inducted into the Byrd High School Hall of Fame in September 2009 as one of only 117 of the school's 35,000 graduates.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology and Masters in Business Administration from SMUmarker in Dallas, Texas. She went on to study international management at Thunderbirdmarker, Spanish at ITESM (Monterrey Institute of Technologymarker) 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 Arkansasmarker.

Post-doctoral studies

Boze's post-doctoral studies include 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 Millennial Leadership Institute, American Council on Education Fellowship and the Harvard Universitymarker Seminar for New Presidents.

Boze is a graduate of Leadership Texas, Leadership America and Leadership Stark County.

University experience

Betsy Boze

Faculty, teaching, and administrative appointments

Early academic appointments (faculty, Department Chair, Faculty Senate President)

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

Senior administrative positions (Dean and Chief Academic Officer)

Boze was selected as the inaugural Dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost Collegemarker and served as Assistant to the President while an American Council on Education Fellow at Tulane Universitymarker.

Boze served as the Chief Academic Officer of The University of Texas System "UT TeleCampus" MBAO, and held a Research Faculty appointment at Texas A&M University where she was Co-Director of the Texas Ports & Waterways.

Executive leadership (President and CEO)

As the Chief Executive Officer and Dean (equivalent to president in most university systems) at Kent State University Stark in North Canton, Ohiomarker, Boze oversaw significant advances.Under her leadership the campus developed into a four year comprehensive liberal arts university with select graduate programs. Boze developed a culture of planning and accountability, including the first strategic plan and the first enrollment management plan. By linking planning to budgeting, Kent Stark has continued to grow and thrive, despite tuition freezes and decreases in state funding. Her community outreach and development efforts resulted in raising community awareness and appreciation for the campus, tripling the campus endowment and the creation of over two dozen new endowed scholarships. Boze secured public, private and foundation funds for a new 45,000 square foot science building designed to LEED Green Gold standards. By better positioning the campus and developing a new mission, vision and values, Boze created a strong sense of place including commitment to environmental and social responsibility.Boze was an early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

She acquired private funding for the Hoover Center for Environmental Media Activism, and recognition on the President’s Service Learning Honor Roll (2006, 2007, 2008). Graduates participate in the “Graduation Pledge” to consider the social and environmental consequences of any job they consider. Boze is a leader in P-16 collaborations and engaged the community and public school districts in discussions leading to improved P-16 alignment, particularly in mathematics. She resigned as Dean of Kent State University Stark February 20, 2009 after an incident regarding the alteration of a parking sign.

Academic partnerships, mergers and other collaborations

Merged institutions
Boze has twenty years experience in unique academic collaborations. Immediately prior to her arrival, the Alaska Legislature merged the Anchorage Community College (ACC) System into the University of Alaska Anchorage. As President of the Faculty Senate she helped work through the changes in faculty benefits and the reinstatement of the former ACC collective bargaining unit.

Academic partnerships

In 2004, The University of Texas at Brownsville (at that time an upper division and graduate university) and Texas Southmost College (a 75 year old community college) entered into a unique academic partnership that was later expanded into a 99-year agreement. The two institutions maintained their own boards and academic autonomy while merging their administrators and administrative services. They later became jointly accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Boze was the inaugural Dean of the College of Business for both the university and the college.

Co-located campuses

Kent State University Stark

Under a 20-year lease, Kent State University Stark, a comprehensive regional university, leases to neighboring Stark State College of Technology. As colocated institutions, Kent State Stark provides library, wellness and other student and professional services and articulated many programs and courses.

Scholarly record

Boze has published over 100 peer-refereed research articles and book chapters on marketing and business administration. She writes and speaks publicly on higher education administration, distance education, technology and women's issues.Boze was one of the master planners and creators of the University of Texas TeleCampus, the University of Texas System web-based, virtual university. Boze is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the 20th Century, Who's Who in the South and Southwest and other directories with legitimate reference value.

Professional and community leadership and service

Current community leadership

Boze is a Commissioner on the City of Canton Sustainability Commission and Vice Chair of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. She serves 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, and the Stark Education Partnership P-16.

Boze 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 is President of the Ohio Association of Regional Campuses, 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.

Professional service to higher education

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, the AASCU Policies and Practices Committee and is a sponsor, mentor and faculty of the AASCU Millennial Leadership Initiative.

Boze is a Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Colleges and Universities) consultant/evaluatorand Peer Reviewer.

Boze is on the faculties of the American Council on Education Department Chairs Workshop, 2007-2009 ACE National and Regional Leadership Forums, 2006 American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennial Leadership Institute, annually serves as an AASCU MLI mentor and 2007 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, and was 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 Educationand the American Council on Education Network News.

Recent leadership

Boze has successfully completed terms as President of:

  • Southwest Business Deans
  • Texas Council of Collegiate Education in Business (Texas College and University Business Deans)
  • Junior Achievement (Rio Grande Valley, Texas)
  • Girl Scouts Susitna Council (Alaska)

Boze served from 1996-2005 as the State Coordinator of the American Council on Education Women's Network for Texas, and continues to serve 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.Boze was Co-Director of the Texas Ports and Waterways Commission of the Texas Transportation Institute, on the boards of Success by Six in Brownsville, TX, Girl Scouts of the USA (Texas).

Delta Delta Delta leadership

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

Ecology Flag

Environmental leadership

Boze has been active in the environmental movement since the first Earth Day when she sewed an Ecology Flag that flew in front of her high school. Under her leadership, Kent State University Stark signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

She marched in the Millennial Earth Day celebration from Times Square to the United Nations Building in New York City. Under her leadership, Kent State Stark has become one of the largest recyclers in Stark County (Ohio). The campus is the site of Stark County's Earth Day and dedicated a protected wetland/pond in 2007. Beginning with the 2008 graduating class, she has encouraged students to take the "Graduation Pledge" of social and environmental responsibility. 2008 freshmen participated in the similar "1st year pledge."


  1. State of Texas Master Bidders List
  2. Earth Day Flag
  3. MLI Career Advancements(PDF) MLI
  4. The Women's Museum: Leadership America
  5. Leadership Stark County: Programs
  6. Board of Regents: April 24 1992 Official Minutes
  7. 38 Named to ACE Fellows Program
  8. University of Texas: UT TeleCampus Master Plan
  9. Extending Intracoastal Waterway
  10. Texas Ports and Waterways
  11. "Lives for College Culture"
  12. [1]
  13. Ohio College Access Network Grant Awarded to Kent StateStark
  14. [2]
  15. Aultman Nursing Lab Dedication
  16. Windmills
  17. Responsibility Centered Management
  18. Red Orbit
  20. Earth Day
  21. One Water Film Debut
  22. Teach In
  23. Graduation Pledge
  24. Presidents Climate Commitment
  25. ACUPP Leadership Summit
  26. AASHE Bulletin
  27. Hoover Center for Environmental Media Activism
  28. Reuters
  29. Hoover Center
  30. Newsblaze
  31. Second Nature
  32. Learn and Serve America
  34. [3]
  35. [4]
  36. [5]
  37. [6]
  38. Publication: Global Branding
  39. Marketing for Attorneys and Law Firms ( link) Book: Marketing for Attorneys and Law Firms
  40. Publication: Asian Consumer Marketing
  41. Journal of Consumer Marketing
  42. University of Texas: Resources for Minorities and Women
  43. Lessons in Leadership, Volume 5: Executive Leadership Programs for Advancing Diversity in Higher Education ( link)
  44. [7]
  45. [8]
  46. Maruqis Who's Who
  47. Conde Nast Portfolio
  48. Canton Museum of Art: Board of Trustees
  49. Ohio Citizens for the Arts and Foundation Board Members
  50. SDB Trustees list
  51. Stark County P-16 Compact
  52. 2008 AASCU MLI Sponsors
  53. (HLC)
  54. PEAQ
  55. Chronicle of Higher Education
  56. American Association of State Colleges and Universities: "Hispanic Student Success Study"
  57. [9]"Public Purpose"
  58. American Council on Education: Office of Women in Higher Education Network News Winter 2007
  59. ACE Network: "Identifying, Developing, Encouraging, Advancing, Linking, and Supporting Women in Higher Education" (MicroSoft Word .doc file)
  60. AASCB Women Administrators "Women Business School Deans at Member Schools"
  61. Closing the Gender Gap
  62. AASCB Meeting History
  63. Texas Transportation Institute
  64. Official Website for "Success By 6"
  65. 1972 SMU Rotunda, p. 262
  66. 1973 SMU Rotunda, p. 216
  67. 1974 SMU Rotunda, p. 87
  68. College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
  69. Story of Earth Day Flag
  70. Massillon Independent Story about Earth Day at Kent State Stark
  71. Presidents Climate Commitment
  72. AASHE Membership
  73. Pond Dedication
  74. [10]
  75. [11]
  76. One Water
  77. Graduation Pledge
  78. [12]
  79. Kent State University Stark Grads Pledge to Consider Social Responsibility

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