Dr. Betsy V. Boze

Higher Education for Sustainable Development

With a career in educational administration spanning 25 years, President Betsy V. Boze has lived in eight countries and nearly every corner of the United States.  After completing her bachelors and masters degrees at Southern Methodist University (SMU), she served as an assistant professor at St. Bonaventure University and later with the European and Asian campuses of the University of Maryland.  She earned her doctorate at the University of Arkansas then earned tenure at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA.

Dr. Boze entered the administrative phase of her career serving five years as chair of the business administration department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  President Betsy Boze returned to the Lower 48 and spent over a decade as the inaugural Dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.  During this time she was one of the developers and founders of the University of Texas TeleCampus.  She went on to Kent State University at Stark in Canton, Ohio, where she served as the Campus Dean and Chief Executive Officer.

From 2010-2014, Dr. Betsy V. Boze served as the President of The College of The Bahamas, where her achievements included developing strategic partnerships, including an Erasmus Mundus grant with the Free University of Belgium and a Confucius Institute partnership with the Nanjing University of Information Science (NUIST).  She tripled the college's endowment and secured 25 endowed scholarships.  Dr. Boze is proud of commencing COB's first masters degree programs, developing a master facilities plan to include new residence halls and classroom buildings and increasing online learning to serve all of The Bahamas.

In a 2013 interview, Dr. T. Baswell Donaldson, Chairman of the College of The Bahamas College Council said of President Vogel-Boze "The College was indeed fortunate to have found such an able leader in President Boze.  She has set COB on a path toward financial security and independence.  When Dr. Boze and I worked together to refinance COB's existing debt into lower interest bonds, she personally went to the financial institutions and sold them on COB and convinced them to buy they bonds based on where she was taking The College.  A charismatic and diplomatic leader, she worked with faculty and staff to successfully complete new Industrial Agreements without any work stoppages or industrial action.  Her ability to articulate a clear vision for The College, her clarity of purpose and her appreciation for The College's mission helped bring together divergent forces with the academic community.  The Colleg of The Bahamas is in a better place because of her leadership."

Another Council member earlier this year said of President Emeritus Boze "COB has had nine presidents in sixteen years.  Boze has shown that she has what it takes to lead the institution.  Faculty and student morale are the best that they have been in decades.  The campus looks great and the campus experience and learning environment are at an all time high.  Thanks to Boze's vision, we have an exciting new master facilities plan that is transforming the campus to a place of beauty and function and will serve us well for many years.   This is an impossible political environment for foreigners working in The Bahamas.  The PLP government wants foreigners to leave, especially high profile individuals.  Council had really hoped that we would have been able to convince her to stay beyond her three-year contract.  Given the turnover in this presidency, we appreciate that she stayed for her entire contract.  She is a class act and her decision not to renew must have been the appropriate one for her at this stage of her career.  Ever gracious and thinking of the best interest of The College, she even had the grace in her letter notifying College Council of her resignation and wish not to renew her contract that she believes that it is time that COB, as our national university, needs to be led by a Bahamian.

The author of over 100 scholarly articles, Dr. Boze's marketing research focuses on perceived risk, the effect of limits on purchasing and shoplifting behavior.   Currently, Dr. Betsy Boze is a Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) where she is writing two books and working with the Millennial Leadership Initiative (MLI) to advance women and under-represented minorities to higher education presidencies and chancellorships.

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