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Willard L. Boyd


Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law and President Emeritus

Biographical Information

College of Law Faculty Profile

Willard L. Boyd is a lawyer and an educator. He is Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law at the University of Iowa and President Emeritus of the University of Iowa and The Field Museum of Chicago. He serves as Chair of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center of which he is one of the founders The Center is a university-wide interdisciplinary program involving departments and faculties from across the University who are interested in and engaged with nonprofit organizations.

Professor Boyd has held numerous leadership roles over his career.  Below are a few of his most notable. 

  • Chair of Governor Vilsack’s Task Force on the Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Iowa
  • Chairman of the American Association of Universities
  • Chairman of the National Museum Services Board
  • Chairman of the Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association
  • Chairman of the Center for Research Libraries (Chicago)
  • Chair of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute
  • Chair of Iowa 2000 (1972-78)
  • Chair of Imagine Iowa (2001)
  • Chair Iowa Cultural Trust
  • President of the National Commission on Accrediting

He has also been a member of a number of boards and committees including the National Council on the Arts, the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Opera, the Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee for the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, and the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts, National Arts Strategies, Elderhostel, Illinois Arts and Humanities Councils, the Advisory Board Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and Humanities Iowa.

Boyd was one of the first winners of the Charles Frankel Prize awarded in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Humanities, honoring five Americans for their efforts to bring history, literature, philosophy and other humanities disciplines to general audiences. In 1996 he was selected as a Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois and received The Thomas & Eleanor Wright Award given by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations for individuals whose human relations efforts and activities have spanned all interest lines and for making The Field Museum a place where people of different backgrounds come together for a common reason. The Field Museum received the National Award for Museum Service in 1996 from the Institute of Museum Services.  Boyd was the 1998 winner of the Award for Lifetime Services to the Public Humanities given by Humanities Iowa, the State Humanities Council, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.



Willard L. Boyd. Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence, with Richard Koontz and Jude West. Des Moines, IA: The Iowa Governor’s Nonprofit Task Force 2005, 28 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. The Governing Board for Iowa Nonprofits, with Richard Koontz. Iowa City, IA: Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, University of Iowa 2003, ii, 52 pages; 2nd ed., 2007, ii, 100 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. The Iowa Law of Workmen’s Compensation, with John A. Brady, Wilbur N. Bump, Earl R. Jones, William C. Pierson, and Russell J. Weintraub. Iowa City, IA: Bureau of Labor and Management, College of Business Administration, State University of Iowa, 1960, 150 pages; revised ed., with Clifford Davis. Iowa City, IA: Center for Labor and Management, University of Iowa, 1967, vii, 166 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. Iowa Probate Practice, with Mason Ladd. Iowa City, IA: College of Law, State University of Iowa 1957, iii, 82 pages.

Book Chapters

Willard L. Boyd. “Museum Accountability: Laws, Rules, Ethics, and Accreditation,” reprinted in Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift 2d, edited by Gail Anderson. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2012, at 61, 11 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. “Preface: The Iowa Law School’s Never Ending Frontier,” in The History of the Iowa Law School, 1865 - 2010, edited by N. William Hines. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Law School 2011, at vii, 1 page.
Willard L. Boyd. “Writing: The Indispensable Practicum. The Iowa Law Review and Journals,” with Randall P. Bezanson, in The History of the Iowa Law School 1865 - 2010, edited by N. William Hines. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Law School, 2011, at 425, 63 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. “Museums as Centers of Cultural Understanding,” in Imperialism, Art and Restitution, edited by John Henry Merryman. New York: Cambridge University Press 2006, at 47, 18 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. “Nonprofit Corporations,” with Willard L. Boyd III, in Iowa Legal Research Guide, edited by John D. Edwards. Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co. 2003, at 415, 8 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. “The Compensable Physical Harm,” in The Iowa Law of Workmen’s Compensation [revised ed.]. Iowa City, IA: Center for Labor and Management, College of Business Administration, University of Iowa 1967, at 40, 13 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. “Coverage,” in The Iowa Law of Workmen’s Compensation. Iowa City, IA: Bureau of Labor and Management, College of Business Administration, State University of Iowa 1960, at 5, 64 pages.


Willard L. Boyd, "Iowa Law Review Centennial: Its Mission, History, and Future," with Randall P. Bezanson, 100 Iowa Law Review 455 (2015), 9 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Ninety Years of the Iowa Law Review: The Personalities, Policies, and Events that Shaped a Tradition in Iowa Legal Education,” with Randall P. Bezanson, 91 Iowa Law Review 1 (2005), 57 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “David Vernon: Realistic Man of Principle,” 87 Iowa Law Review 813 (2002), 2 pages.
Willard L. Boyd. “Museums as Centers of Controversy,” 128 Dædalus 185 (1999), 44 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Wanted: An Effective Director,” 38 Curator 171 (1995), 14 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Museums as Centers of Learning,” 94 Teachers College Record 761 (1993), 10 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Museum Accountability: Laws, Rules, Ethics, and Accreditation,” 34 Curator: The Museum Journal 165 (1991), 13 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Administration in the United States of Alien Connected Decedents’ Estates,” 2 International Lawyer 601 (1968), 49 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “The Invalidity of State Statutes Governing the Share of Nonresident Aliens in Decedents’ Estates,” 51 Georgetown Law Journal 470 (1963), 46 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Some Suggestions for a Model Estates Code,” 47 Minnesota Law Review 787 (1963), 27 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Consular Functions in Connection with Decedents’ Estates,” 47 Iowa Law Review 823 (1962), 110 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Constitutional, Treaty, and Statutory Requirements of Probate Notice to Consuls and Aliens,” 47 Iowa Law Review 29 (1961), 75 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, “Treaties Governing the Succession to Real Property by Aliens,” (1953), 20 pages.

Book Reviews

Willard L. Boyd, Review of Cases and Materials on Corporations, 3rd ed., by Norman D. Lattin and Richard W. Jennings. 12 Journal of Legal Education 597 (1960), 3 pages.
Willard L. Boyd, Review of Nonprofit Corporation Statutes: A Critique and Proposal, by Ralph E. Boyer. 44 Iowa Law Review 242 (1958), 3 pages.


Willard L. Boyd, “The Role of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations in Iowa,” Report of the Governor’s Task Force, The University of Iowa 2005, 23 pages.