CIE’s Gwyn Boyter appointed by Rick Perry to Special Education Continuing Advisory Committee
Dr. Gwyn Boyter, superintendent for the University of Texas-University Charter School (UT-UCS), has been appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC provides guidance to Texas legislative policy with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities. The CAC is made up of 17 Governor-appointed members representing parents, general and special educators, consumers, and teacher educators. Read the press release on Dr. Boyter’s appointment here.
“I’m thrilled by this nomination. I am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to have input into Special Education rules and regulations for the state of Texas,” said Dr. Boyter. “I have been informed that I will be representing charter schools in this appointment. In addition, I will also help represent homeless and foster students since our population includes these students.”
“As Superintendant of The University of Texas-University Charter School, Dr. Boyter effectively manages a school with a special education population rate that runs between 52% to 38%, so she works daily with the students this committee will serve,” said Dean Judy Ashcroft of Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE). The UT-UCS is a component of CIE. “Her knowledge and experience will benefit the committee, and the issues she deals with as part of the committee may well inform her work as Superintendent of the University of Texas-University Charter School.”
Dr. Boyter has fulfilled the role of Superintendent for UT-UCS since 2008. The mission of UT-UCS is to determine and meet the educational requirements of students with special needs or circumstances. UT-UCS currently operates 15 education programs at residential treatment centers, a shelter for families fleeing domestic violence, a maternity home for girls with crisis pregnancies, and a residential facility for adolescents who cannot live at home, as well as at elite gymnastics facilities. UT-UCS works to help these students achieve academic success, personal growth and successful integration into the adult workforce.
In a career spanning 35 years, Dr. Boyter has dedicated herself to the educational needs of students with special needs. She began her career in 1974 as a Resource Teacher in Granger, Texas. That first position led her to fulfill educational posts in Austin, Granbury, Commerce, and Portland, Texas, as an advocate, teacher, coordinator, business manager, assistant professor, project director, curriculum director, interim assistant dean, interim associate vice-president for academic affairs, and superintendent in K-12 education and in higher education. These are programs committed to fulfilling the educational needs of students often marginalized in our society and in our schools. In her work, Dr. Boyter has worked closely with students of all backgrounds, comprehension levels and grade levels. Her work for special populations has included working with students who have special needs due to disabilities or being at-risk of school failure.
In addition to her professional career, Dr. Boyter has earned three degrees from The University of Texas at Austin:
- 1973: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a specialization in special education for the cognitively delayed.
- 1977: Master of Education in Educational Administration, with an emphasis on special education supervision.
- 1989: Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration, with an emphasis on school superintendence. Her dissertation was titled “The Tasks of Instructional Leadership and Their Emphasis by Superintendants of Large Texas School Districts.”
CIE congratulates Dr. Gwyn Boyter on her new appointment with the Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory Committee!