Whitnee Boyd, Ed.D., allserves as the coordinator of special projects for the office of the chancellor at Texas Christian University (TCU), a private institution. She received her Doctorate of Education in higher education leadership from TCU. Her passion for higher education stemmed from her time as a NUFP Fellow at the University of Arkansas where she received her B.S. in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. She went on to earn a M.A. in higher education from Louisiana State University where she helped to establish a NUFP Fellows program. She started her career in higher education working with first-generation college students in student support services at the University of Arkansas. She has also worked with first-generation college students through Upward Bound, Leaders for Life, work with student-athletes, and community-based college access programs. She is a former Albert Schweitzer Fellow serving in the Fort Worth community through building college readiness programs in the Morningside area. Her research focus is on first-generation college students and thriving through a focus on strengths-based thinking. Her other research interest include college access and retention and P-20 systems.
She has presented on first-generation college students and other retention focused topics at NASPA and with other organizations and institutions. She is a member of the Center for First-generation Student Success Advocacy Group.