Mourning the Passing of Ernest BoyerNov 15th, 1995 | By mambler | Category: 7-3: Investing
Believing the story of the tribal colleges needed to be told, he made an immediate commitment to commission a report describing the history and the accomplishments of the colleges. “Tribal Colleges: Shaping the Future of Native America” was written by Paul Boyer and published by the Carnegie Foundation in 1989. The slim volume had an enormous impact. Before it was released, Ernest Boyer called a dozen foundation representatives together and asked them to respond to the tribal colleges report. Just about every one responded; the biggest was MacArthur, which released $3 million the same day, according to Joseph McDonald (president of Salish Kootenai College).
“The Carnegie report really opened a lot of doors with foundations and helped us establish the American Indian College Fund,” says James Shanley (president of Fort Peck Community College and chair of the AICF board). He pointed out Ernest Boyer wrote many landmark reports on education. These included “College: the Undergraduate Experience,” 1987; “Scholarship Reconsidered,” 1990; among others. His 1983 report on secondary education inspired the federal report “A Nation at Risk.”
McDonald remembers when a woman called for advice about a gift, and Boyer suggested the American Indian College Fund. When the staff opened her envelope, they found a check for $50,000.
Talking with Joe McDonald just two weeks prior to his death, Boyer said that of all his work over the years, the tribal colleges work was the most gratifying. “He was a kind, generous man with a good heart. We’re going to miss him tremendously,” says David Gipp, president of United Tribes Technical College.
Donations to the Ernest L. Boyer Teachers Scholarship Fund can be sent to the Carnegie Foundation, 5 Ivy Lane, New Jersey 08540. Our condolences to his wife, Kathryn, and four children, Ernest Jr., Beverly Coyle, Craig, and Paul.