Bova is in her 32nd year at UNM. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College where she received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1967. Bova earned her master's degree in Educational Research from Dayton in `69 and her Ph.D. in Adult Education from UNM in `79.
During her tenure at UNM, Bova has received numerous awards, been published on several occasions and has served on various committees. She is very active locally, serving on the board of the Golden Apple Foundation, New Mexico Parent and Child Resources, Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation and the Samaritan Counseling Center.
A New Jersey native, Bova and her husband, Art, have a daughter, Kate.