Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd

2023 Gerald Nuckolls Award for Christian Education

Educator & Leader

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd has been an educator for almost 50 years.  She holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, a Master of Science in Education, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Middle School Endorsement in Mathematics. Dr. Boyd graduated from Jean Baptiste Point DuSable High School and is a Lifetime member of the DuSable High School Coalition for Action. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Mary Herrick Scholarship Fund and is president of the Boyd-Edwards Scholarship Fund.  

A former Math/Science Specialist at Henderson Elementary School, Dr. Boyd holds the distinction of being the first African American female principal of John Marshall Metropolitan High School located on the west side of Chicago. Under her leadership the school’s standardized test scores, and graduation and attendance rates increased.  

Awards & Achievements

Dr. Boyd received numerous awards throughout her professional career including Outstanding Administrator Award from the 7th Congressional District of Illinois; Phi Delta Kappa Northeastern University Educator of the Year Award, Police Explorer Outstanding Support Award, Distinguished Educator Award from the Chicago Academy for School Leadership; Outstanding Support Award from Marshall High School Parents, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mary Herrick Scholarship Foundation.

In 2009, Dr. Boyd retired from the Chicago Public Schools after 35 years of service. In January 2018, she retired from South Suburban College as an Adjunct Professor in the Mathematics Department.  

Dr. Boyd's Personal Life

A member of the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago for 31 years, Dr. Boyd has served as a cell leader, a section leader, president of the Savvy Seniors, and liaison for volunteers on the Pastoral Care Ministry. Dr. Boyd is the seventh of nine siblings. She has two sons, a daughter-in-love, and two granddaughters. To balance her busy life, Dr. Boyd loves to travel, cook, and entertain.