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Elizabeth S. Boylan

Provost & Dean of the Faculty

Barnard College

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Elizabeth S. Boylan was named Barnard's Provost and Dean of the Faculty in July 1995, and served as Acting President in Fall 2000. She also holds the rank of professor of biological sciences with tenure. Provost Boylan has been i nvolved recently in the design and programming for Barnard's new campus building, the Nexus, which will house a distinctive combination of academic departments and programs, the Library's main reading room and computer center, a black box theatre, classrooms, and space for student activities, retail dining and special events. Earlier she coordinated the planning and implementation of an $8+ million renovation of the science facilities in Milbank and Altschul Halls and led the first systematic review of the College’s general education requirements since the early 1980's, resulting in the adoption of new curricular requirements for students entering in fall 2000. Provost Boylan has also been involved in various faculty development and leadership development projects, both at Barnard and through organizations and foundations such as the American Council on Education, Project Kaleidoscope and the Mellon Foundation.

A specialist in developmental biology and cancer research, Provost Boylan earned a Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Wellesley College. She came to Barnard from Queens College/CUNY where she was associate provost for academic planning and programs. While at Queens, she held a joint appointment at the Graduate School of the City University of New York and was involved with University-wide efforts in program reform in science, engineering, technology and mathematics, and in secondary education. She holds a U.S. patent and has been a consultant for, among others, the National Cancer Institute, the National Science Foundation and the American Cancer Society. From 1999 through 2004 she served as Commissioner on the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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