Board of Trustees Chairman Receives Alumni Award from Penn State

Posted: June 15, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Hope J Smith

K. David Boyer, chairman of the GMU Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees, has received this year’s distinguished alumni award from Pennsylvania State University. The award is presented to recognize and celebrate the achievements of an alumnus “whose personal life, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of Pennsylvania State University.” Boyer received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1973 and his master’s degree in human development and family studies in 1982 from Penn State.

Boyer is cofounder, with his wife Felicity Belford Boyer, of TROY Systems, Inc., an information technology company recently named one of America’s 500 fastest-growing private companies by Inc. magazine. Boyer has won numerous awards for his entrepreneurial leadership and business savvy.

He was given the alumni award in part for his work at George Mason, where he has served as the chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees for the 1999-2000 year and as a founding member and former chairman of the Minority Advisory Board. Because of George Mason’s commitment to information technology and business education and its establishment of a doctoral program for information technology, Boyer believes that the university “can easily be the leading educational institution supporting information technology and public interest initiatives.”

Boyer also serves on the Flint Hill School Board of Trustees, and recently was named a member of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Excellence in Education, an organization that seeks to help academically talented high school and college students become the 21st century’s inventors, scientists, and leaders. “If you want to make a change, you need to get in the game, not whine on the sidelines,” says Boyer. “Limit yourself to organizations that will make change. I’m interested in belonging to a working board. I like to get involved and mix it up.”

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