Betsy Boze - Academic Administrator Who Encourages Sustainability
President Betsy V. Boze has a distinguished career as a scholar and academic administrator. Serving as president of the College of the Bahamas, Dr. Vogel-Boze led the national higher education system in developing a new master plan, which included the college’s first academic master plan. Her accomplishments include moving the college from a baccalaureate institution to a comprehensive university with certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. She initiated a new distance learning division to better serve the widely dispersed islands of The Bahamas. This was nothing new to Boze, a pioneer in distance learning and one of the original creators of the University of Texas TeleCampus.
During her four years at COB, Dr. Boze developed a model to insure the institution’s long-term financial sustainability and retired existing short-term debt with a successful, low-interest bond offering. The Harry C. Moore Library and the new Northern Bahamas Campus were opened. Boze's fund raising experience paid off for COB, as she secured more than 200 acres for student residence halls and academic buildings, tripled the endowment and brought in two dozen endowed scholarships. Boze always puts students first and the student center was refurbished to better meet the needs of today’s students.
Three externally funded institutes were created: The Oral History Institute, the Confucius Institute and BAMSI, the Bahamas Agricultural and Maritime Science Institute. Partnerships were developed with other universities, including a joint pharmacy program with the University of The West Indes and a maritime law program with the University of London. She also developed partnerships with The Island School in Eleuthera and with the Lyford Cay Foundation to host their exemplary FOCUS program on the COB campus.
Previously, Betsy Boze held leadership positions including chief executive officer at Kent State University at Stark and dean at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Boze was selected to the highly competitive American Council on Education Fellows, serving at Tulane University in New Orleans. Over the course of her career, she has spoken at numerous conferences and published over 100 articles in scholarly journals and academic texts.
In 2014, Ms. Boze became a senior fellow for the American Association of State
Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. She is currently in the process of completing a book about the value added in public higher education and developing accountability metrics.
As an academic leader, Betsy Boze is committed to improving the education system by implementing practices that promote environmental sustainability. She promotes sustainable practices through her writings and at various academic conferences. In 2014, Ms. Boze spoke about the importance of sustainability in the education system at the United Nations’ International Association of Universities (IAU) International Conference (http://www.slideshare.net/IAU_Past_Conferences/betsy-boze). She was instrumental in drafting the “Iquitos Statement on Higher Education Sustainability” and serves as an IAU board member. Her suggestions for meeting current needs without compromising future generations included retrofitting facilities for energy efficiency and encouraging colleagues to connect with sustainability efforts on a regional and international level.
A College Council member said of Boze “Dr. Boze has a passion for growing organizations, student success and the continuous pursuit of excellence. She has a track record in achieving strategic goals and objectives. Her strategic plans were unanimously approved by the faculty. But it was the implementation of the plan that was so exceptional. Most strategic plans just sit on the shelf. But in her implementation plan, each item was assigned to a person who was responsible and accountable, but was assigned an institutional priority, a due date and an estimated budget. We could view the plan by due date, by priority, budget or person. For the first time I have ever seen it, divisional budgets were tied to the relevance to and fulfillment of the plans. Anybody wanting money for anything had to show how it fit with the plan. That was pretty easy, as the plan was wide reaching, but it kept us on track to achieving our agreed-upon goals! It was brilliant, really, and not the way we usually see it in higher education.”
Boze is a graduate of Southfield School in Shreveport, Louisiana and was inducted into the C.E. Byrd High School Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of the prestigious Girl Scout Gold award (equivalent to Eagle Scout), a third generation member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. The mother of three adult children, President Boze currently resides in Washington, D.C. where she is working with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Through the Millennium Leadership Institute (MLI) she is helping women and underrepresented minorities advance to the position of president and chancellor at colleges and universities. She enjoys SCUBA diving, kayaking, Alpine skiing and adventure sports. Each year she seeks out a new adventure-type experience, including sky diving, trapeze school and kite boarding.