CASBO President-Elect Nina Boyd, associate superintendent of community and student support services for the Orange County Department of Education, was recently selected as a 2017 Orange County Martin Luther King, Jr., Woman of Distinction.
The award, presented January 14 by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Weekend Celebration Committee, recognizes Boyd’s service and dedication to the department of education and to the community at large.
The event held at the Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana included a civil rights heroes panel discussion and the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr., Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception. Four others were honored as Women of Distinction, including CASBO Executive Member Stephanie Phillips, deputy superintendent of administrative services for Santa Ana Unified School District.
Boyd said she was “shocked and humbled” when she received notice of the award, adding that “being tied to the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., was a double honor in terms of all of the wonderful things he stands for.”
Boyd was joined by family and friends at the event. Ever humble, she laughed at the fact that her grandson stole the show when he presented her with a flower bouquet that was far bigger than he is.
“There are still barriers to be broken down, but in terms of opportunities for women and women of color, it’s an exciting time. To be among the great things that are happening and to be one of those acknowledged is certainly an honor,” Boyd said.