Wake Forest University presents Schoonmaker award

By Jacob McConnico
Oct. 6, 2005

Wake Forest University has awarded the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Prize for Community Service to Stephen B. Boyd, J. Allen Easley Professor of Religion and chair of the university's religion department.

Stephen B. Boyd

Boyd, who joined the faculty in 1985, was recognized for his contributions to the campus community, the local community and to efforts at intercultural exchange between Native Americans and minority populations in the United States.

Boyd has served the university as a member or officer of several committees, including the Senior Administrative Appointments Committee, the Women's Studies Steering Committee, and the Leadership and Ministry Subcommittee which led to the Lilly Fund's support of the university's Pro Humanitate Center.

In addition, he has demonstrated leadership in the local community, serving as an officer or board member of several organizations, including the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Urban League, the African-American Infusion Project for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the community-based Grassy Creek Neighborhood Alliance, the Interfaith Partnership for Reconciliation, the Gender Equity Task Force of the Alliance of Baptists, the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, and New Directions for Our Youth.

Boyd has also worked closely with the local group CHANGE, Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment, a chapter of the Industrial Areas Foundation.

In national efforts, Boyd has served as a member of the board of directors of Feather and Stone, a non-profit organization seeking intercultural exchange between Native Americans and minority populations in the United States. Boyd co-directed a service-learning trip to the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona and has worked closely with elders of the group.

The Schoonmaker Prize is named for the late Donald O. Schoonmaker, a graduate of the class of 1960 and a professor of politics who died in 1993.

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