Dr. Boylan has a long history with Touro, joining the faculty in 1976 as a professor of mathematics and Judaic studies. As one of Touro’s early leaders who was a close confidant of Founding Chairman Dr. Bernard Lander, he helped design and create the undergraduate division’s academic and scholarship infrastructure as well as the professional foundation of Touro’s faculty.
Dr. Boylan has since led with distinction a myriad of Touro’s mission-critical committees, including the President’s Task Force on Academic Integrity and Project Strive, the student success initiative. He also served as a Touro Liaison to the New York State Department of Education and a member of an NYSED task force.
“Dr. Boylan is a model combination of educator and academic leader. He is committed to supporting his colleagues, faculty and students,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, President of Touro. “As a scholar A respected Talmudic, expert in Jewish thought and renowned mathematician, Dr. Boylan has brought expertise and creativity in multiple fields to his many key roles at Touro.”
Advice for today’s graduates
Sharing his personal worldview, Boylan said, “I tried to always be the same person, both in my professional and personal interactions. I learned to consider the impact of decisions I might make on individuals as well as society, and to structure those decisions so that they are in everyone’s best interest. Boylan urges students to follow the Rebbe’s saying in Pirkei Avotto pursue a derech yasharaa straight path, one of excellence and one that can bring personal satisfaction and growth while balancing the needs and opinions of society.
“We face a changed world where innovation and creativity are essential, but where the values we have learned and incorporated into our lives must be preserved and cherished,” Boylan said. “In the long run, these timeless values are more important than the particular skills you master.”
Dr. Boylan received a BA in Mathematics, with distinction, from Yeshiva College; a master’s and a doctorate. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science at New York University, where he was notably named Woodrow Wilson Scholar, National Science Foundation Fellow and Sloan Foundation Fellow. Dr. Boylan also received rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University, studying under Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, whom he considers his rabbi and mentor.