Mary E. Boyce, PhD

Interim Provost 

Dr. Mary E. Boyce joined CDU as the Interim Provost in July 2013. Dr. Boyce comes to CDU from California State University, Monterey Bay where she has been Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness since 2007. Her work there was focused on strategic and academic planning, academic programs, and accreditation. She has also served as Provost and Academic Vice President of Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, and as a faculty and Dean at the University of Redlands. Dr. Boyce’s work at Mount St. Mary’s included planning for growth with faculty and administrative colleagues. During her tenure as dean of Whitehead College at the University of Redlands, Dr. Boyce led the “morphing” of Whitehead College into two new professional schools—working closely with faculty, administrators, and Trustees to gain support for this development and smooth its implementation. She has significant experience with infrastructure development and organizational change in colleges and universities.

Deeply committed to student success and achievement, much of Dr. Boyce’s career has been dedicated to increasing the success of under-represented students in higher education. Her recent work flourished at CSU Monterey Bay because it was grounded in collaborations with faculty as well as colleagues in Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. Dr. Boyce has often said of accreditation work and cross-campus projects to increase student retention and graduation rates that the work “must be accomplished collectively.” She comes to CDU with tremendous excitement and desire to be part of the CDU mission to educate healthcare providers for under-served communities.

Dr. Boyce received her doctoral degree (1990) in Human & Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University. She combines perspectives on organization development with teaching and learning in her work. Her areas of scholarship include the role of storytelling in organization culture, organizational change and organizational learning, adult development, and multicultural issues in organizations—all significant to understanding change in colleges and universities. She is conducting a longitudinal study to examine links between accreditation and long-term institutional development in six western colleges and universities.