SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Dr. Ernest Boyer


Interview with Dr. Ernest Boyer



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Ernest Boyer was born September 13, 1928 in Dayton, Ohio. He earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California. Dr. Boyer taught and served administrative posts at Loyola Marymount University, Upland College, and the University of Southern California.

In 1965, Dr. Boyer became the first Executive Dean of the SUNY system. In 1970, he became the Chancellor of the SUNY system. During Dr. Boyer’s tenure as Chancellor, the Distinguished Teaching Professorship and one of the first student-exchange programs with the Soviet Union were established.

Dr. Boyer served on commissions to advise Presidents Nixon and Ford. He was SUNY Chancellor until 1977 when President Carter appointed him to lead the United States Commission on Education. Dr. Boyer was the agency’s last commissioner before Congress elevated the position to Cabinet range. He left the commission to become President of the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Ernest Boyer authored a number of reports and books on education. He passed away on December 8, 1995.


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Interview with Dr. Ernest Boyer

Interview with Dr. Ernest Boyer