Glenn Boyce

Chancellor at University of Mississippi

Dr. Glenn Boyce became the 18th Chancellor of the University of Mississippi on October 13, 2019, following his appointment by the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL).

A first-generation college graduate, Boyce earned his bachelor’s degree in education and a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Mississippi. His career spans more than 37 years across secondary and post-secondary education. Previously, Boyce served as Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Mississippi for three years. In that position, Boyce led the state’s university system, which includes four research and four regional universities, one academic health science center and the executive office.

As commissioner, Boyce oversaw a university system serving more than 95,000 students, nearly 28,000 faculty and staff, 1,666 buildings with 36.7 million square feet, and a $4.5 billion operating budget. During his tenure, the university system set record enrollments, awarded record numbers of degrees, launched the statewide “Complete 2 Compete” program to increase the number of degree holders in Mississippi, prioritized the needs of business and industry and streamlined operations to increase efficiencies.

Boyce also served as the IHL’s associate commissioner for academic and student affairs. He joined IHL after serving as president of Holmes Community College for more than nine years.

The breadth of Boyce’s education experience includes service on numerous state and regional education boards. He was a trustee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. He served on the board of directors of the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation, the board responsible for ensuring that all academic degree-granting institutions statewide, including both public and private sectors, are held to a shared standard of accountability.

Additionally, Boyce served for years as co-chair of the Education Achievement Council, established by state law to ensure all levels of education, state leaders and the business community work collaboratively to increase educational attainment in the state.

Boyce and his wife, Emily, met while Ole Miss undergraduates. The Boyces are also Ole Miss parents as all three of their daughters — Brittany, Danielle and Madeline – hold a degree from the university. Brittany is a certified public accountant in Nashville, Danielle is sales director for a tech startup in San Francisco, and Madeline is a physician assistant in Jackson. Boyce enjoys golf, tennis, pickleball, snow skiing and family vacations in the mountains.


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