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University of Iowa News Release

June 11, 2003

(Photo: Willard "Sandy" Boyd)

Boyd Named To Rawlings-Miller Chair

UI law professor and former president Willard "Sandy" Boyd has been named a Rawlings-Miller Professor, one of the highest honors given to a prestigious faculty member at the University of Iowa.

"Professor Boyd is one of the most prominent and distinguished senior professors in the legal academy nationally, and he is one of the university's most treasured resources," said N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law, who nominated Boyd for the professorship. "He richly deserves official recognition for his many accomplishments as a law professor, a top administrator and an expert on nonprofit organizations."

"I am especially pleased to appoint Professor Boyd to the Rawlings-Miller Professorship," said UI Provost Jon Whitmore. "Sandy continues to serve the university in extraordinary ways, and we are deeply grateful for his contributions and commitment to the University of Iowa."

Boyd came to the University of Iowa as a law professor in 1954, became dean of the faculty and vice president of academic affairs in 1964, and university president in 1969. He left Iowa in 1981 to become president of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, but returned to the UI College of Law following his retirement in 1996. Since coming back to Iowa, he's taught law and founded the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, which helps nonprofit groups across the state in organizational development. He served as interim president from August 2002 to March 2003, between the terms of Mary Sue Coleman and David Skorton.

Hines noted that Boyd had a close relationship with F. Wendell Miller, for whom the professorship is named, which encouraged Miller to leave half of his vast estate to assist the university after his death.

"The Rawlings-Miller Professorship is appropriate not only because it is an all-university recognition that fits Professor Boyd's unique contributions to many parts of the campus, but also because it was Professor Boyd who developed the original connection between the University of Iowa and Mr. Miller," Hines said.

The professorships, which are designated in several UI departments, are named for F. Wendell Miller, an attorney and farm manager from Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. Miller's will left the bulk of his estate to the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement of academic endeavors. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between ISU and the UI.

The name of the professorship was changed this year to the Rawlings-Miller Professorship to additionally honor Hunter Rawlings III, UI's president from 1988 to 1995. The professorship represents the first honor at the university named for Rawlings, and the change was recommended by Boyd himself during his term as interim president.

Rawlings recently announced his retirement as president of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

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