On Feb. 25 in Salina, Boyd was honored with the prestigious Conservationist of the Year at the Kansas Wildlife Federation's Conservation Achievement Program awards banquet. The award recognized Boyd for his efforts at the Baker Wetlands, recycling on the Baldwin City campus and teaching biology.
"I am grateful to be chosen for this award," Boyd said. "I have a deep appreciation for the mission of the Kansas Wildlife Federation. Being involved in various conservation efforts has been a valuable part of my professional life."
A 1969 Baker graduate, Boyd taught at his alma mater for 29 years before retiring from full-time teaching and as department chair in 2005. He continued to teach on the Baldwin City campus through fall 2010. He taught wildlife management and wetland and prairie ecology along with eight other regular courses as a Baker professor.
His father, Ivan Boyd, is a member of Baker's Faculty Hall of Fame after teaching from 1941 to 1982 at the University. The renovation of Mulvane Hall and the addition to the science building will be named the Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education.
In the mid-1950s, the younger Boyd often visited his father at Mulvane Hall after school. He was 8 years old when his father encouraged him to go to the lab and open a steel cabinet, where Roger was surprised to see a hanging human skeleton.
"I didn't know what kind of reaction he thought he would get from me," Roger recalled. "I was very fascinated at the time."
Since the groundbreaking of the Ivan Boyd Center, Roger has closely watched the development of the addition and the work being done inside the current facility.
"The former facility couldn't quite handle the things we liked to do in research," he said. "For students to do research, there needs to be committed spaces for them to set up experiments and run them and not have them taken down at the end of day."