Board approves Dr. Leon E. Boothe Residential Village
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents approved today the renaming of the university’s student housing area to the Dr. Leon E. Boothe Residential Village in honor of former NKU President Dr. Leon Boothe.
The unanimous recommendation came from the University Naming Committee and is in recognition of Dr. Boothe’s distinguished service as university president from 1983-1996. The recommendation notes that the naming is appropriate considering the dramatic expansion of NKU’s student housing under Dr. Boothe’s strong leadership and the impact this growth had on the development of many of the university’s thriving programs.
Dr. Boothe led the effort to expand the university’s residence hall capacity from fewer than 400 students to over 1,000 during difficult fiscal times. “His vision, determined leadership, and numerous trips to Frankfort to advocate for the project made the residential village a reality,” the recommendation said.
Dr. Boothe insisted on moving forward with construction of the entire village instead of phasing it over several years. The result was completion of the Norse Commons cafeteria and a 150-percent increase in housing capacity that established the necessary foundation for more effectively addressing growing interest in on-campus housing.
The expanded capacity of the residential village allowed NKU to recruit new students more effectively both from within the region and beyond. The added housing capacity also allowed the university to increase diversity and accommodate more international students and student athletes. “The ultimate result,” the recommendation points out, “was enormous success at enriching the quality of student life.”
Today, more than 1,400 students live in the Dr. Leon E. Boothe Residential Village on NKU’s campus. Interest has never been higher, as the university has had to resort to creative measures to meet the continually increasing interest in on-campus housing.
That interest is so strong in large measure because of the contributions President Boothe made in building a strong student housing foundation.
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