Question for you. Are you familiar with the life and work of Dr. Ernest L. Boyer? If you answered yes, congratulations! If no, then that’s why we are here.
This blog will serve as the voice for the Ernest L. Boyer Center Archives of Messiah College. Currently the archives contains over 480 linear feet of manuscripts, audio and visual materials, correspondence, speeches, and other materials documenting the life and work of Dr. Boyer.
So who was he and why should you care?
Dr. Boyer was a pioneer in the world of American education in the 20th century. He most notably served as the United States Commissioner of Education under President Jimmy Carter, and then went on to lead the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT) as their president from 1979-1995. At the time of his death, in 1995, his colleague, Samuel G. Sava, called him the “foremost educator of our time.”
Since Dr. Boyer’s education began at a small two-year bible college in central Pennsylvania, his family thought it right to donate his personal library and archives to Messiah College. In 1998, the Ernest L. Boyer Center was established at Messiah College to promote learning, advance scholarship, foster community, engage society, and educate “servant leaders” – goals Dr. Boyer held close to his heart throughout his whole career. The Boyer Archives is a large facility to help ensure these realities in American education.
The Ernest L. Boyer Center Archives is a great resource for students and scholars alike in the field of education. Currently the archival staff is working to promote the work and legacy of Dr. Boyer by cataloging and digitizing its holdings and then making materials available for researchers online.
Interested in learning more about Dr. Boyer and how his work continues in the 21st century? Stick with us.