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MIDWIFERY IN AMERICA: A Profession Reaffirmed


  • Ernest L. Boyer PhD

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    • Ernest L. Boyer, PhD, is President of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Senior Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He also is Education Columnist for The London Times. Before joining the Carnegie Foundation in 1979, Dr. Boyer served as the 23rd United States Commissioner of Education, administering a $12 billion federal budget. For seven years (1970–1977), Dr. Boyer was Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY). In 1983, Dr. Boyer, in a national survey, was selected by his peers as the leading educator in the nation. In 1987, he was chosen as the man of the year in higher education. Dr. Boyer holds honorary degrees from 105 United States colleges and universities. For five consecutive years, he was listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top educators in the nation. He was awarded the President's Medal from Tel Aviv University, and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Teachers College, Columbia University.

  • Dr. Boyer earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Southern California. He was a postdoctoral fellow in medical audiology at the University of Iowa Hospital, a visiting fellow at Cambridge University (1976), a Distinguished Fulbright Professor to India (1985), and a Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to Chile (1989).

  • Ernest Boyer is the author of the widely acclaimed book, High School and College: The Undergraduate Experience. A report on education in children's early years is underway.

  • Dr. Boyer has been named by three presidents to national commissions: The National Commission on the Financing of Post-Secondary Education (President Richard Nixon); The President's Council on Women's Educational Programs (President Gerald Ford); and The President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Education (President Jimmy Carter), He was named by Secretary of State George Shultz to chair the National Council for American Overseas Schools to the Department of State.

  • Dr. Boyer served as President of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, 1974–1975. He is married to the former Kathryn Garis Tyson, a certified nurse-midwife.

President, The Carnegie Foundation far the Advancement of Teaching, 5 Ivy Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540.