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Adele Bovard Recognized as the 2013 Alumna of the Year



“Having faith-based influences surrounding me through college allowed me to develop a solid core for the way I lived my life.  This core strength is the foundation from which I have used the talents and gifts I have been given to serve the students, parents, staff, and faculty in my district.  This also compels me to serve in my community.” -Adele.


Adele Bovard ’80 was named the Alumna of the Year on October 7th.  Bovard, Superintendent of Webster Schools was a Music Education major as an undergraduate at Roberts Wesleyan College.  After Roberts, she pursued graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music and earned a Masters in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport.

Bovard is an educator and leader who commands the audience.  Her teaching career started in the classroom where she made a difference in the lives of many students for almost twenty years.  More recently, she has been a top administrator.  From 2002-2006 she was the Superintendent of Dansville Central Schools.

Since 2006 she has served as the Superintendent of Webster Schools.  In this role, she acts as the Chief Executive Officer and instructional leader of the 20th largest school district in New York State.  She inspires and leads 750 teachers, 700 support staff, and 9,000 students.  Bovard creates systems that focus the organization on providing excellent academic programs and supportive social learning experiences for K-12.  Webster Central Schools have been recognized at the local, state and national level for achievements in academics, fine arts, and athletics.

Bovard also serves as the President of the Webster Community Coalition for Economic Development, Co-Chair of the New York State Council of School Superintendents Assessment Committee, Chair of the New York State Women in Administration, and is a board member of the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation and Never Say Never Foundation.

She met her husband David Bovard ’81 while at Roberts.  They have four children and are active members of Browncroft Community Church.