The path of Sandy Boyd’s life was set early.

His father, Willard Boyd Sr., was a veterinarian on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, and his family grew up near the university’s ag school campus in St. Paul. The elder Boyd frequently traveled the state teaching more efficient methods of livestock management, assistance craved by farmers who’d been pushed to the brink by the Depression.

The younger Boyd occasionally accompanied his father on these road trips, watching him work with often desperate people with a kindness and decency that never wavered. Those trips profoundly influenced the future university president’s life.

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