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Villanova University Appoints Teresa Boyer, EdD, as Founding Director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership

Teresa Boyer, EdD

Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, today announced the appointment of Teresa (Terri) M. Boyer, EdD, ’95 CLAS as the founding director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and an associate professor of Education and Counseling, effective July 31. An innovative leader in economic and social equity for women, Dr. Boyer currently serves as executive director of the Center for Women and Work and as an assistant research professor at Rutgers University. This key appointment is the result of an extensive national search involving Villanova faculty, administrators, students and alumni.

In her new role, Dr. Boyer will take the helm of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership, which was created in 2017 to foster women’s advancement through education, advocacy, community-building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge. As the McNulty Institute’s founding director, she will work to establish it as a premier, nationally recognized organization with groundbreaking scholarship and innovative programs that advance women as leaders.

“Dr. Boyer brings a wealth of experience as a scholar, teacher, administrator and advocate for women, their families and their communities,” said Provost Maggitti. “Her background and expertise in women’s leadership, career development and equity in education are perfectly aligned with the McNulty Institute’s goals. As a Villanova alumna, she also understands our Augustinian tradition and how social justice and the advancement of women intersect with race, ethnicity, class and religion, among other areas.”

Since 2008, Dr. Boyer has led the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers, successfully developing its strategic vision and areas of expertise, which include women’s education and career development, women’s leadership and advancement, working families, and women and STEM. She has worked collaboratively with regional and national nonprofits, foundations, state and federal government agencies, industry partners and individual donors, as well as with organizations within Rutgers, to promote the Center’s mission and work.

“Advancing women’s leadership is my passion, to which I have dedicated more than 20 years of my career through education, research and advocacy,” said Dr. Boyer. “It is a tremendous honor to be returning to my alma mater as the founding director of the McNulty Institute, whose mission embodies this work, and I look forward to guiding its growth and influence.”

Dr. Boyer is an accomplished author who has published widely on educational and workforce equity, institutional reform for equity, women’s education and leadership, the effectiveness of equity programs, and assessment and teacher training. She is a skilled researcher who has secured substantial federal, state and private grant funds to support critical work on the issues of the advancement of women and gender equity. Known as an outstanding professor, Dr. Boyer has taught classes on working women in America, work-life balance, leadership development, youth and work, and career planning and development.

As a recognized leader in her field, Dr. Boyer has been highly sought-after to offer her expertise and guidance on numerous advisory boards, committees and task forces for foundations, schools and government agencies.

Prior to her tenure at Rutgers, Dr. Boyer served as director of technical assistance and as associate project director of the US Department of Education’s Women’s Educational Equity Act Equity Assistance Center, and as a research associate for the Gender, Diversities and Technology Institute at the Education Development Center. She also served as director of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs for the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering, and as program coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Boyer holds a doctorate in Education and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Villanova, and she received the Medallion of Excellence from the Department of Education and Counseling the year she graduated.

The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership was established in 2017 with a gift from Anne Welsh McNulty ’75 CLAS. The institute fosters women’s advancement through education, advocacy, community-building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge. In addition to supporting new research and leadership development opportunities, the Institute for Women’s Leadership will act as a centralized resource where students, alumni, faculty and staff can find academic, extracurricular and professional programs that will stimulate conversations about women in leadership and develop the skills and experiences that can help women excel in their chosen fields and act as agents of change.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit