Dr. Joan J. and Williard L. Boyd have established a scholarship at Youngstown State University
to assist qualified minority students who have an interest in pursuing a degree in health or
medical-related careers in clinical laboratory science.
Dr. Boyd is a full professor at Youngstown State University’s Bitonte College of Health and Human
services and was granted Emeritus status. She began her tenure in the Department of Allied
Health (now known as Health Professions) in 1977, after completing seven years as a
professional clinical laboratory scientist at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. She was instrumental
in developing and designing the program curricula, coordinating the MLT/MLS programs at YSU
and later becoming the director of both programs until 1991. Dr. Boyd earned a Ph.D. from the
Union Institute and University of Cincinnati in 1993, a master’s degree in Health Care from Central
Michigan University in 1980 and a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology in 1975 from
Youngstown State University, preceding a 12-month internship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
in 1960. During her tenure at YSU, Dr. Boyd published more than 17 scholarly articles in referred
journals that included newspapers and magazines. She was recognized three times as
Distinguished Professor in Community Service, Teaching and Scholarship.
Willard L. Boyd earned a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in 1976 and
completed graduate courses in Education and Management in 1980 at YSU. He served as
postmaster in the Youngstown Postal Services for 14 years after serving in several managerial
positions. Willard is actively involved in the community and serves on several boards.
Youngstown State University
The Dr. Joan L. and Williard L. Boyd Scholarship
Department of Health Professions
Bitonte College of Health and Human Services