Seton Hill mourns death of former president JoAnne Boyle

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Students and administrators at Seton Hill University are mourning the death of the school's president emerita.

University officials announced in an email to students that former president JoAnne Woodward Boyle had died Friday due to unspecified causes. The date of her death was not released. Mrs. Boyle, who served as president from 1987 until earlier this year, was named president emerita in June by the school's board of trustees.

Mrs. Boyle received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill University.

During Mrs. Boyle's tenure, Seton Hill in Greensburg expanded to more than 80 undergraduate programs and 10 graduate programs, and created an adult degree program and online courses. The university also expanded its campus into downtown Greensburg, established the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, and created the E-Magnify Women's Business Center, a Center For Family Therapy and several other educational programs. The school also created its "iPad for Everyone" initiative under Mrs. Boyle's leadership.

“JoAnne Boyle was remarkable," said Michele Ridge, chair of Seton Hill's board of trustees. "Because of her leadership, Seton Hill experienced an incredible transformation from a small women’s undergraduate college to a coeducational university with an enrollment of more than 2,500 students.

“She worked diligently to strengthen the university’s academic and financial foundations and led Seton Hill forward by focusing campus resources on programs, faculty, key personnel and facilities that positioned the University as an educational leader in the nation.”


Correction, Nov. 3, 2013: The day students were notified via email of JoAnne Boyle's death was incorrect in an earlier version.


Deborah M. Todd: dtodd@post-gazette.com.

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