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Olivia M. Boggs

Associate Professor of Education

Olivia M. Boggs


B.S. – Hampton University
M.Ed. – Boston University
Ed.D. – Harvard University


Olivia Boggs is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and a Registered Civil Mediator with the state courts of Georgia. Prior to coming to Mercer in 2008, Dr. Boggs served in several governmental and academic posts, including Director of the Research Division of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Chairperson of the Educational Leadership Department at Clark Atlanta University, Assistant Director of the Metropolitan Regional Education Service Agency (RESA), and Associate Academic Dean at Morris Brown College.  She has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Hampton University, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Boston University, and a doctorate in administration, planning, and policy from Harvard University where she was elected to the Editorial Board of the Harvard Educational Review. Dr. Boggs is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and a member of several honor societies, including Phi Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Pi Lambda Theta.  She was the 2013 recipient of the Cathryn Futral Excellence in Teaching Award and a 2016-17 Governor’s Teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia.


Courses taught include P-12 and Higher Education Leadership; Planning and Policy Studies; Organizational Theory and Behavior; Crisis Preparedness for School and College Leaders.


Dr. Boggs’ current research uses empirical protocols to identify effective policies, preemptive practices, critical resources, and appropriate training needed to equip school personnel with the tools and protocols needed to respond preemptively to active shooter events and reduce the possibilities of injuries and fatalities.


Boggs, Olivia M. (2015) “Historical Antecedents of Stepping” Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America, SAGE, 08-17- 2015 ISBN: 9781452258218

Boggs, O. (2011) “The Rise of Childhood Poverty in Georgia: Implications for Public School Planning and Pedagogy” Education Resource Information Center, ERIC No ED521383, Washington, D.C. July 2011,

Boggs, O. M. (2011) “Learning from the Past: Leadership Philosophies of Pioneer Presidents of Historically Black Colleges” Education Resource Information Center, ERIC No ED5223519, Washington, D.C. September 2011.

Boggs, O. (2010) “Data-Driven Planning to Maximize Teaching and Learning” Paper presented at the 2010 Conference of the Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE)  Nashville, TN. October 29, 2010

Boggs, O. (2011) “The Graduation Impasse in Two-Year Colleges: Using Knowledge to Improve Practice” Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA). Savannah, GA.  October 21, 2011.

Boggs, O. (2010) “Demographic Shifts in Georgia’s Public Schools: Implications for Planning, Policy, and Pedagogy” Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA). Savannah, GA.  October 23, 2010.

Boggs, O. (2003) “Community and Institutional Correlates of Academic Achievement in Georgia Schools” (June 2003) Report No. 143 Education Resource Information Center, ERIC No. ED 482 910,


Volunteerism is service as a high school mathematics tutor.