Student Stories: Elizabeth Boone

Elizabeth Boone


Major: Travel and Tourism

Elizabeth Boone, Ed.D., MSPSYC, was facilitating a professional development training seminar when she met Jean Woodcock Ford, a faculty member heading College of DuPage’s Travel and Tourism program.

“She invited me to COD, and I ended up attending while teaching as an adjunct in the Travel and Tourism program,” Boone said.

The experience began a life-long career in education for Boone. After completing an Associate in Applied Science in Travel and Tourism, she earned three additional degrees, including a doctorate from Benedictine University.

She currently is a professional development strategist who manages and enhances the quality of adult learning at regionally accredited colleges and universities. She measures and optimizes instructional design and rigor to allow students to become more aligned in reaching professional goals.

“While holding the positions of assistant dean and program director at Benedictine University, I have coached, mentored and guided successful higher education professionals who now hold leadership roles at colleges and universities across the United States,” she said. “My legacy and value proposition during my tenure in this role was that I developed and led professional development workshops to enhance the value of the adjunct and helped to define their roles in academia.”

Currently on the NAACP DuPage County Executive Board, Boone created a notary signing business, Expertsign. 

“As an independent contractor I ensure that real estate loan documents are executed by the borrower, notarized and returned for processing on time to the processors and is the final step in processing the loan,” she said. “I am also qualified to handle all forms of legal notarizations.”

Boone is happy that she met Woodcock Ford and found College of DuPage. She hopes other students have the same transformative experience that she had.

“My advice for students is to not quit and to listen to follow your own journey on your path to your personal greatness,” she said. 

More about the Travel and Tourism program