Erin L. Boyle named SCC Distinguished Alumna

Erin L. Boyle named SCC Distinguished Alumna

CAPTION: Erin L. Boyle, formerly of Pilesgrove, received the Salem Community College Foundation’s Distinguished Alumna Award at Commencement. Boyle is editor of EyeWorld magazine in Virginia. Joining her for the presentation were (from left) President Joan M. Baillie, Board of Trustees Chair John G. Ashcraft, Alumni Association President Candice Racite, Foundation Executive Director Linda P. Smith and Foundation Co-Chair Ceil Smith.

The Salem Community College Foundation honored Erin L. Boyle, editor of EyeWorld magazine, as the 2014 Distinguished Alumna.

After graduating with an associate in arts in communications/journalism from SCC in December 2000, the former Pilesgrove resident transferred to Rowan University. She served as the news editor of The Whit, Rowan’s newspaper in fall 2002 and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Boyle began her professional journalism career as a general news reporter and education reporter for Today’s Sunbeam in 2003-2004 before serving as law reporter for the Gloucester County Times. She became a staff writer in 2005 for Ocular Surgery News, published by Slack Inc. in Thorofare, N.J. Her job took her to conferences around the world, where she reported on ophthalmology research. In 2010, she was promoted to managing editor of the international editions of Ocular Surgery News.

In 2012, she was named senior staff writer for EyeWorld, the magazine of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, a nonprofit medical society based in Virginia. Traveling domestically and internationally, she wrote investigative and feature clinical stories.  In February 2014, Boyle was named editor of EyeWorld. She oversees the editorial process for the monthly, 80+ page medical publication with a circulation of more than 19,000 and manages a team of in-house and freelance writers. She continues to travel to medical conferences throughout the United States and abroad, where she and her staff publish daily newspapers for attendees.

Boyle is a long-time volunteer at the Alice Paul Institute, a nonprofit group promoting women’s history. She also volunteers with Ophthalmic Women Leaders, serving as co-chair of its mentoring committee, and with the National Women’s History Museum. In addition, she speaks at colleges, including SCC, about her journalism career.

The SCC Foundation began the Distinguished Alumni program in 1999 to honor outstanding professional achievements and community service contributions.