Throughout her career as a professor and administrator, Dr. Betsy Vogel Boze has been a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity. A Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Boze works closely with the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI), developing a pipeline of women and minority college and university presidents and chancellors.
Candidates for the highly selective MLI program are academic administrators at the level of dean or above and must be nominated by their university president. Dr. Boze is a 2002 MLI graduate and went on to become the Chief Executive Officer and Dean of Kent State University at Stark from 2005 until 2009. Boze has assisted the MLI program as a keynote speaker, faculty member, advisor and financial sponsor. A key component of the MLI program is a year-long mentoring component in which each protÃ©gÃ© is matched with an experienced president or chancellor. Dr. Boze regularly serves as an MLI mentor and helps recruit presidential mentors and to match them with protÃ©gÃ©s.
To increase access and diversity at Kent State Stark, Dr. Boze initiated Application Action, an award winning program in which the campus admitted several high school graduating classes. Using the college application as a writing exercise in high school English classes, Kent State University Stark waived the application fee and admitted the entire senior class. To support and encourage the students, almost all of whom are first generation college students, counselors or teachers were recruited from each school to serve as mentors and coaches. Initially funded by Kent State Stark, the innovative program received subsequent grant funding from the Ohio College Access Network and Stark County United Way.
Betsy V. Boze believes that one "should lift as you climb" and has returned as an advisor for the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration that she attended in 1996. Vogel Boze works with the American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education as a speaker, advisor and served as the Texas Coordinator from 1996-2005.
As Dean of Business at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC), Dr. Boze recruited the most diverse business faculty in the US. Serving on the University of Texas System's Women and Minorities Committee, she supported the equality and advancement of women and minority faculty, students and staff throughout the University of Texas' 15-campus system.
Dr. Boze was the Chair of the Women Administrators in Management Education of AACSB: the Association for the Advancement of Colleges and Schools of Business from 1997 to 2005 and has served on the Editorial Board of the American Council on Education Network News since 1996.