Cleary University President Jayson Boyers.

Cleary University President Jayson Boyers.

HOWELL – Jayson M. Boyers, vice president and managing director of continuing professional studies at Champlain College in Vermont, has been selected by the Board of Trustees as the next president of Cleary University.

Boyers, 43, will succeed Thomas Sullivan, who is retiring as president of Cleary University in October after 26 years of service.

Boyers, whose hire is effective Oct. 1, 2015, will become the tenth president in Cleary University’s 132-year history.

“Cleary University’s course is strong and positive,” said Raymond E. King III, chair of the Cleary University Board of Trustees. “Tom Sullivan put Cleary on that course and gave it stability and direction. We feel Mr. Boyers will continue that positive momentum. Cleary’s academic offerings continue to grow, the campus continues to grow with the new apartment complex, our international program has expanded our educational reach and intercollegiate athletics have transformed our University and helped it thrive. We look forward to seeing how Jayson will take us forward.”

“Cleary University’s historic connection to business and career position it to transform communities, industries, and student’s lives through a business focused education. I believe in the ability of this university to have a major impact in the talent development and economic strategy of this state and the Great Lakes region,” said Boyers.

Since 2012, Boyers has been the vice president and managing director of continuing professional studies at Champlain College. In this position he was responsible for administering the development and delivery of programs and services and implementing strategic expansion plans while serving in a cabinet level position as an officer of the college, working with the President, Trustees, and fellow cabinet members to guide the institution’s 100 million dollar annual top line budget and strategic direction. During his tenure, Boyers helped the division attain the largest new fall enrollment in five years (2014) and increased overall total enrollment from 600 to more than 1,100 active students in his first 18 months.

Prior to Champlain College, he was the national division president at Harrison College in Raleigh, North Carolina from 2009 to 2012. From 2006 to 2009, he was the campus president for Harrison College in Indianapolis.

He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, as well as having been interviewed and quoted by numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, eLearn magazine and The Hill (The Congressional Newspaper).

Boyers has a Master of Leadership Development degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2009) and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Indianapolis (2000). He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University with an expected completion in 2016.

In 2011, the Triangle Business Journal honored Boyers with the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. He is active in a number of civic and charitable organizations, including appointments to the Champlain Chamber of Commerce, Hunger Free Vermont and the Burlington City Arts Foundation.

He is married to wife Mandy.


Cleary University is committed to its mission to enrich students’ lives through the knowledge, skills and credentials that advance careers.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Cleary University is a specialized business university, providing practical, project-based education enabling an immediate alumni contribution to employers, families, and communities. Cleary offers a full service campus in Livingston County, satellite campuses throughout Michigan and as well as online degree options.