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SANDY BOYD The former UI president today shares decades of leadership experience with nonprofit agencies across Iowa.

If you live in Iowa, chances are good that Sandy Boyd has made your life better somehow.

Maybe you were a University of Iowa student during his 12-year presidential tenure.

Maybe your attorney was one of his students at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Maybe you were enthralled by the Hall of Dinosaurs when your sixth grade class visited the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago during his presidency there.

And if you’ve ever received a service from an Iowa nonprofit organization, then Sandy Boyd has certainly made a difference in your life.

Boyd’s life of service to Iowa began when he joined the College of Law faculty in 1954. He said a life of scholarship and service came to him naturally.

“My father was a professor of agriculture at the University of Minnesota and as a child, I frequently traveled with him as he visited farmers around the state and showed them how to improve their operations,” said Boyd. “It instilled in me at a very young age the importance of public service and the value of giving people the tools that make their lives better.”

Boyd served as University of Iowa president from 1969 until 1981, when he became president of the internationally renowned Field Museum for 15 years. Following his retirement, he rejoined the UI law school faculty, where he remains today.

“I thought Sandy was a remarkable president when I was an undergraduate and law student at the University of Iowa in the 1970s,” said Carolyn Jones, dean of the College of Law. “Now as dean, I have the pleasure of being his colleague. I’m lucky to have been associated with him for so many years.”

With decades of experience leading nonprofit organizations, it only makes sense that Boyd continues to teach nonprofit law and management in both the College of Law and the Tippie College of Business.

And it made even more sense when, in 2000, Boyd founded the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC) to strengthen the state’s nonprofits, a sector that accounts for 8 percent of the Iowa economy.

The INRC is a multi-disciplinary center that teaches students across the University to become the next generation of nonprofit leaders in Iowa. It also provides information and training for charitable and nonprofit organizations in Iowa, helping them operate more efficiently and understand the many state and federal laws that govern nonprofit operations.

The center also oversaw development of “Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence,” a set of guidelines released in 2005 to help nonprofit organizations improve their management practices, conduct themselves ethically, and maintain public accountability. Boyd and his INRC colleagues have traveled the state to meet with nonprofit leaders and show how the guidelines can help strengthen the state’s public sector.

“We need to recognize the vital role our charitable nonprofit organizations play in the social and economic vitality of our communities,” said Boyd. “We, as citizens, need to carry on the great American tradition of supporting them through the contribution of our time as volunteers and our financial wherewithal.”

Story by Tom Snee; Photo by Tom Jorgensen

Oct. 8, 2007