About Ernest L. Boyer
Ernest L. Boyer, Sr.
A Leader of Educators, An Educator of Leaders
1928 - 1995
IN 1979, ERNEST BOYER BECAME THE PRESIDENT of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He established a home for the Foundation at 5 Ivy Lane, in Princeton, New Jersey, but he maintained an office in Washington, D.C., to keep a hand on the pulse of the policy developed in the nation's capital. He launched his own research agenda, which ultimately led to a comprehensive examination of education in the United States and abroad from preschool through college. His work yielded groundbreaking studies that over time affected every level of schooling in America.
During Boyer's tenure, the Foundation issued reports on a wide variety of topics, including the condition of teaching, school reform, and faculty and campus life both in the United States and internationally. Many of the reports were translated into other languages, including Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese.
Boyer also represented The Carnegie Foundation on the boards of numerous educational institutions, including American College Testing, the Aspen Institute, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and the Council on Economic Development. Building on his lifelong commitment to the arts, he became a trustee of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as well as chairman of the board of directors of Very Special Arts. He also chaired the board of directors of the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education and served on the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Boyer was also a sought-after speaker, an international as well as a national advocate for children and teachers. He moved audiences with eloquent speeches he delivered from coast to coast and around the world. He was "an evangelist of education," said Mr. Atwell. Boyer "never tired of carrying his message of the importance of education, and of its improvement, to any audience, at any time, in any place."