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Deborah Boyd 

Grad Ed - Education Leadership

Dean Emerita, Professor, College of Education


Deborah Boyd has more than 40 years of experience in education including teaching and leadership at the K-12 and university levels. Currently dean of the Lipscomb University College of Education and executive director for the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation, Boyd also previously held positions as associate executive director for P-16 initiatives (GEAR UP TN) for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and as executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Tennessee Department of Education.
Boyd’s experience in teaching and leading spans pre-kindergarten through doctoral levels. Her current areas of interest and expertise include international education, educational leadership, professional learning and coaching, and teacher effectiveness, topics on which she presents nationally and internationally. Boyd also serves on selected advisory boards, including as a member of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) Steering Committee and the Nashville Teacher Residency Board. Boyd has recently completed a fellowship with Deans for Impact.
She is married to Don Boyd, and they have two daughters (Jennifer Boyd Baldock and Julie Boyd Damp) and five grandchildren, all living in Nashville. Her mother, Virginia Myers, still lives in Franklin, Tenn., where Boyd was raised.