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Boynton Named Acting Chair of History

January 23, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Professor Virginia "Ginny" Boynton was named acting chair of the Western Illinois University history department, effective Jan. 2, according to Inessa Levi, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Boynton replaced Larry Balsamo, who retired in December 2007 following 40 years of service to Western. A national search will be conducted to fill the chair position.

"Ginny has an exemplary record of teaching, research and service," Levi said. "She has served as chair of the history department's personnel committee, as faculty coordinator for numerous search committees in the department and chaired the department's undergraduate and graduate grade appeals committees. She has also held universitywide posts, including faculty senator, chair of the Faculty Council and vice chair of the University Council on Education."

Boynton joined Western's faculty as an assistant professor in 1995 and was promoted to full professor in 2005. In 2004 she won the State Historical Society's Pratt Award for outstanding scholarship in Illinois History. She is currently researching women's involvement, through the Illinois Women's Committee, in the state's government-sponsored war effort during World War I. She has a number of articles, book reviews and essays in a variety of publications; and she is a frequent presenter at academic conferences as well as for campus and community groups.

Boynton received her Ph.D. (1995) and master's degree (1990) in history from The Ohio State University; and her Master of Social Work (1979) with a concentration in social policy and planning and Bachelor of General Studies (1978) degrees from the University of Michigan.

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