On September 10th, 2009 Rozelle Boyd was awarded the IUPUI Chancellor's Medallion by Chancellor Charles R. Bantz during the IUPUI Board of Advisors Reception at Cedar Crest. Boyd was attributed to breaking barriers in Indiana Politics. In 1965, Boyd became the first African-American elected to the Indianapolis City-County Council and served briefly as president in 2004 making him the first African-American and Democrat to hold this position. In 2007, Boyd ended his 42 years of service as the longest-serving member of the council.
IUPUI's Chancellor Bantz, Mayor Bart Peterson and Rozelle Boyd created a partnership that produced information and analysis to assist the city in addressing issues ranging from juvenile justice to property taxes and transportation. Boyd's devotion to public office also served him well as assistant dean for University Division at Indiana University, Bloomington from 1968-1976. He added to his responsibility as founder-director to what is now called the Groups Scholars Program. Its mission is to address low attendance rates among first-generation, low-income, and physically challenged students. This program still functions today and assists approximately 300 students each year to adjust to college life. Even in retirement Boyd continues to serve on a number of community and civic boards and has received many awards and honors.