San José​

​​​Phillip R. Boyce has made significant contributions to Santa Clara County throughout his career as a banker, business leader and philanthropist. The contributions of his distinguished career represent the ideals of the California State University and San José State University.

Mr. Boyce graduated from San José State in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. In 1975, he founded Pacific Valley Bank, serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Under his leadership as chairman and CEO, the bank grew to $1.4 billion in assets. He served as chairman and CEO of Pacific Western Bancshares, the bank’s holding company, as it evolved into Western Capital Management and eventually merged with Comerica. He has served as president of Boyce Associates since his retirement in 1994.

A 1997 recipient of San José State’s Tower Award and distinguished alumnus from SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, Mr. Boyce has devoted his career to investing in and cultivating healthy communities. As chairman of the board of the Valley Foundation, he helped establish a simulation nursing lab at SJSU’s School of Nursing and created an endowment to support the school, now known as the Valley Foundation School of Nursing.

Mr. Boyce has served in leadership capacities for dozens of Silicon Valley causes, including the Montalvo Center for the Arts, the Technology Center of Silicon Valley, the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County, the Hakone Foundation, the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and the Heritage Bank, among others. He currently serves as director of Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

Through his commitment to giving back, Mr. Boyce epitomizes Spartan pride. In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and dedication, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and San José State University are proud to confer upon Phillip R. Boyce the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.