Leon E. Boothe, PhD

Leon Boothe


Title: Professor Emeritus
Location: Cincinnati, OH, United States

Leon E. Boothe, PhD, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational leadership.

Dr. Boothe has dedicated more than 50 years to education, both in the classroom and as an administrator and consultant. An alumnus of the University of Missouri, he completed a Bachelor of Science in 1960 and a Master of Arts in 1962 before beginning doctoral studies in history at the University of Illinois, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in 1966. Dr. Boothe started his teaching career at the high school level, but quickly found his calling in post-secondary education as an assistant professor of history at the University of Mississippi, rising to associate professor from 1968 until 1970. He joined George Mason University the same year, rising from associate professor to full professor by 1973, and associate dean to dean of the College of Arts and Sciences by 1972.

In 1980, Dr. Boothe was named Provost and vice president of academic affairs at Illinois State University, roles he would hold through 1983, when he was named President of Northern Kentucky University, a career-defining position that he remained in for the next 13 years. While at Northern Kentucky University, Dr. Boothe continued to teach history until 2006, when he was granted professor emeritus status. During the 1980s and 1990s, he continued to further his personal studies, earning Legum Doctor degrees from Kyung Hee University, the St. Thomas Institute of Advanced Study, and Hebrew Union College. In recognition of his extensive service to Northern Kentucky University, the school presented Dr. Boothe with a 2006 Lincoln Award and an honorary doctorate in 2014.

Dr. Boothe has worked tirelessly to support and promote area humanitarian and arts organizations throughout his career, including work with the McLean County and Northern Kentucky chapters of the United Way, the Cincinnati Ballet, the YMCA of Metropolitan Cincinnati, and a term as Director of the board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He is a past chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and remains on the board of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations in his retirement. Dr. Boothe has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for his work in education and in the community, starting with a 1967 National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, and including multiple honors from the YMCA, the University of Illinois, and the Urban Appalachian Council.

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