Bob Boyd named recipient of Henry Havig Award for Community Service

Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Greater Grand Forks business community’s most prestigious recognition, The Henry Havig Award for Community Service. Chamber board chair Jerry Youngberg surprised Boyd with the award at The Chamber’s annual dinner celebration Feb. 25.

Boyd has been with UND for nearly 30 years, starting out as the director of extension and professional services, next as the dean of outreach programs and for the past 10 years as the vice president for student and outreach services. But it was his connection to the Greater Grand Forks community that earned him the honor. Youngberg cited Boyd’s involvement in numerous community organizations, his investment of countless hours volunteering for committees, and his service on boards of organizations like the Chamber of Commerce where he served as board chair in 1998, the United Way, North Dakota United Methodist Church Episcopacy, Prairie Public Broadcasting and many more.

The Chamber also pointed out that Boyd’s interest in addressing alcohol abuse among students has been noticeable throughout his career as an educator. During his years teaching in a high school, he initiated an award-winning, student-led program that involved peer counseling, education, and coaching. His education unit at UND was the coordinating body for the International School for Alcohol Studies. He was instrumental in establishing the student body task force on high risk drinking; a task force that officially became the Commission on Student Use of Alcohol.

"Bob Boyd's service to the University, to the city of Grand Forks, to the State of North Dakota, and to his profession nationally is legendary," said President Charles Kupchella. "I am so pleased to see his service recognized in this way. I am also grateful to the Chamber for this program of recognizing and celebrating service to our community in this way. It is important to take time to recognize the people who work to make Greater Grand Forks the grand place it is. Congratulations, Bob!"

Boyd started his career with two awards for Outstanding Young Educator, the first in 1966. Since that time, he has received awards for outstanding achievements in the education field, excellence in public service and extraordinary leadership, to name a few. He has been called upon for numerous professional presentations all with a common thread among them: leadership. Boyd has built a reputation as a catalyst for promoting leadership and management qualities. He is sought after to motivate, educate and excite organizations and people, young and old.

Boyd has spent more than 15 years consulting and coordinating strategic planning for businesses, schools and hospitals.