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Release: Feb. 11, 2003

Boyd Named to Cultural Property Protection Committee

UI Interim President Willard "Sandy" Boyd has been appointed to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, an 11-member board that advises the U.S. president on issues relating to the importation of materials considered important to other national cultures.

The committee reviews foreign government requests for U.S. import restrictions on cultural property originating in other countries. Such restrictions are intended to reduce the illegal trade in material considered culturally, archaeologically or historically important to other countries. It is composed of 11 members, two of whom by law must be representatives of museums. Boyd had been the president of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago from 1981 to 1996.

Boyd came to the University of Iowa as an instructor in the College of Law in 1954, was named vice president of academic affairs in 1964 and president in 1969. He left the university in 1981 to become president of the Field Museum, where he became an internationally recognized champion for the protection of cultural objects and historically important archaeological sites.

During his tenure there, the Field received the National Award for Museum Service in 1996 from the Institute of Museum Services. He also served as chair of the National Museum Services Board and received the National Endowment for the Humanities Frankel Prize for advancing the humanities through museums. Boyd continues to hold the title of president emeritus of the Field Museum.

He returned to the UI following his retirement from the Field to teach law and found the Iowa Non-Profit Resource Center. He was named interim president of the university in 2001 upon the departure of Mary Sue Coleman. His interim term ends March 1.

His term on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee expires April 25, 2005.

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