Naomi Boyd, PhD

Dean of the Daniels College of Business
Office of the Dean

Naomi Boyd, PhD, comes to the University of Denver as the 24th dean of the Daniels College of Business. She is a seasoned leader with a diverse background spanning industry, government and academia, with over two decades of expertise in strategy, fiscal management and academic administration. Passionate about the intersection of business and industry, she is dedicated to shaping the next generation of socially responsible business leaders, equipping them with cutting-edge skills and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Previously, Boyd served as the seventh dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Business, where she spearheaded a transformative vision for business education. Under her guidance, VCU’s School of Business created Bridge 2028, a comprehensive strategic plan that aligned the school’s core values and served as a catalyst toward a revitalized future. Boyd launched two unique, innovative, corporate-sponsored student experiences—the Robinhood ETF Fellows Program and the Markel IR Fellow—that enabled students to work hand in hand with industry executives on impactful projects.

Boyd’s commitment to philanthropy and community engagement has revitalized fundraising efforts at her previous institutions, resulting in record-breaking contributions and impactful industry collaborations. Her leadership extends beyond academia, too; her initiatives have driven regional economic development and accelerated economic growth, through innovative startup ventures and financial literacy programs for individuals and small businesses.  

Prior to her tenure at VCU, Boyd spent 14 years in pivotal roles at West Virginia University (WVU). During her time at WVU, the institution saw transformative growth in business education, including elevation to R1 Carnegie classification. Boyd steered initiatives that propelled the Chambers College of Business and Economics and the school’s Department of Finance through growth in enrollment, philanthropic giving and extramural funding. She has a student-centered approach that shines through in experiential learning endeavors. Biannual trips to New York City offered students invaluable industry exposure, as did the West Virginia Student Managed Investment Fund she established.

Armed with a PhD in finance from George Washington University, Boyd’s significant scholarly contributions in financial market dynamics have earned her recognition as a thought leader. Her career is anchored by transformative leadership, impactful student experiences, an unwavering commitment to education and a relentless pursuit of innovation, shaping a brighter future for business education with true societal impact.