Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens Named DMACC Urban Campus Provost

Posted 5/11/2017

Veteran Urban Campus Employee Elevated to the Provost Position

Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens, Associate Provost for Academic Services at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Urban Campus, has been named the new Provost at the Des Moines facility.

Dr. Howsare Boyens replaces Dr. Laura Douglas who accepted the presidency of Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.

As the Associate Provost, Dr. Howsare Boyens has been responsible for the supervision, evaluation and professional development of more than 160 adjunct faculty members. She has also been responsible for the oversight of one of the state's largest Adult Education and Literacy Centers, which serves more than 1,200 noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Completion students.

Dr. Howsare Boyens has also been overseeing all academic support programs at Urban, as well as the Campus' federal grant programs, TRiO Student Support Services, Trio Upward Bound and Youthbuild.

“Anne has proven herself over the years and is well qualified for her new role. She competed against candidates from across the country," said Rob Denson, DMACC President. “Anne will continue to engage residents of Des Moines and welcoming students from around the world, resulting in the Urban Campus being the most diverse in Iowa."

Dr. Howsare Boyens, who has been at the Urban Campus for the past 14 years, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in School Counseling from the University of Iowa. She was then hired as a counselor at the DMACC Urban Campus, serving the students' personal, social and career counseling needs. In this role, she also taught numerous Student Development courses.

In 2008, she transitioned into administration as the DMACC Urban Campus Associate Provost for Student Services. Under her leadership, Student Services completed more than 20 continuous improvement projects, including increasing automation of services districtwide.

Dr. Howsare Boyens completed her Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Community College Leadership and Policy Studies in 2015. Her dissertation examined the enrollment patterns of Urban's noncredit ESL students into community colleges over a nine-year period.

“It's an honor to fill the vacancy created from the departure of my mentor, Laura Douglas, who helped me grow my skills," said Dr. Howsare Boyens. “I've learned from Laura how important it is to continually engage the communities and neighborhoods we serve. Sometimes, it's also the little things that make a difference, including saying hello and offering a word of encouragement to help a student succeed."

The DMACC Urban Campus serves more than 5,000 students in credit classes, workforce training, and adult education and literacy.

Dr. Howsare Boyens has served on various organization's boards, currently serving on the Young Women's Resource Center's Executive Board. She is married and has two children.​​

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