“We are thrilled to welcome a native Western New Yorker with such a highly decorated military background to the board,” said John Yurtchuk, chairman of the Daemen board. “We look forward to working with Rebecca to continue to move the university forward. Her experience will help us continue our commitment to serving members of our armed forces.”
After 38 years of military service, McCormick-Boyle retired as a Rear Admiral in 2020. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and as Commander of the Navy Medicine Education and Training.
McCormick-Boyle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Chapman University, and a Masters of Health Administration from Baylor University. She began her military career as a surgical and critical care nurse before rising through the ranks of the Navy.
Earning numerous accolades along the way, she was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal in 2018 and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from SUNY Buffalo in 2019. She’s also been awarded distinguished alumni awards from Baylor University’s HCA program, the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, and the University at Buffalo.
Her military decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She is also an American College of Health Care Executives Fellow and recipient of the 2011 Navy Regent’s Senior Health Care Executive Award.
She has previously served on the Board of Directors for both Catholic Health and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park. In addition, McCormick-Boyle is an active community participant in many areas, including with the United States Navy Sea Cadets, Team Rubicon, Habitat for Humanity, FeedMore WNY, Earth Day Clean Up, Food Bank, Adopt-A-Highway, Boy Scouts of America, Elementary School Mentorship, and at her church.