About Ernest L. Boyer
Ernest L. Boyer, Sr.
A Leader of Educators, An Educator of Leaders
1928 - 1995
Another of Ernest Boyer's international achievements was a partnership with the National Center for Education Development Research in Beijing. This nearly ten-year collaboration resulted in exchanges between the People's Republic of China and the United States that included educators and policy experts at the highest level.
Boyer's influence was such that 165 colleges and universities awarded him honorary degrees, including the University of Beijing, posthumously in April 1996. (He was reputedly the recipient of more honorary degrees than anyone in U.S. history.) His voice was also heard through his columns for the education supplements of The Times of London and Change magazine. And he served as a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he taught five policy courses from 1985 to 1990. In 1993, he also advised Princeton University in drafting its Strategic Planning Report.
Boyer received many awards during his tenure as Foundation president, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Teachers College, Columbia University; the Horatio Alger Award; the Encyclopedia Britannica Achievement in Life Award; the President's Medal, Tel Aviv University; and the James B. Conant Award for Leadership in Education. In 1993, he was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. And in 1995, he received the Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities, a presidential citation, from President Clinton, who declared that the Carnegie Foundation president was a "powerful voice, nationally and internationally, for excellence in service."
Also in 1995, Boyer was awarded The Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge through education.