Robert Davis Boyce

Robert Boyce served as the twenty-second president of NC State’s Student Government. Originally elected to the vice presidency in spring 1942, Boyce assumed the presidential title when president-elect Larry Hardin did not return to State College in the fall. Hardin accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, which left him unable to fulfill his elected position. When students returned to campus in fall 1942, Boyce quickly began making plans for the second annual State College-Raleigh Day and the formation of the Interdormitory Council, a precursor to the current Inter-Residence Council. During Boyce’s tenure as president, students and faculty recognized his leadership and academic skills. Boyce was one of twenty students at State selected to be included in "Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities." Robert Boyce graduated in 1943 with a degree in field crops.

Images of Robert Davis Boyce

Years at State

Student Body President, 1942-1943

Class of 1943


In October 1942, students participated in a campus “scrap metal round-up.” Sponsored by Student Council and Technician, President Boyce led the working crews throughout the collection. Within two hours and 45 minutes, students collected an estimated 150,000 pounds of metal.

Boyce was a member of the student committee, which worked on plans for State-Raleigh Day celebrations in October. Highlights of the day’s events included the NC State and Wake Forest football game and a parade. All floats used in the parade contained no motors or rubber.

In October 1942, following a review of the Campus Government constitution, President Boyce announced plans for a new representative system of dormitory government, which included the formation of the Inter-Dormitory Council. The IDC sponsored dorm decorations, approved social activities, and enforced dorm rules.

Boyce moved Student Council elections from spring term to winter term to allow students on military reserve the opportunity to vote and run for office. Boyce encouraged students to vote for representatives based on previous work experience instead of judging a person’s “ability to handle the job” since it was unlikely they would return in the fall to hold their position.


Technician (27 March 1942, 25 September 1942, 23 October 1942, 13 November 1942)

1943 Agromeck