Bo Beaulieu

Professor Emeritus of Rural & Regional Development

Purdue Campus
Bo Beaulieu

Lionel J. “Bo” Beaulieu serves as Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD). He has played a major role in helping launch a number of innovative Extension programs of national significance, including the National e-Commerce Extension Project, the eXtension “Entrepreneurs and Their Communities” initiative and the Stronger Economies Together (SET) effort (in partnership with USDA Rural Development and the Southern Rural Development Center).

Since joining Purdue in April 2013, Bo has spearheaded the development and implementation of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative, a program funded by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs in 2014. Moreover, he has been part of a team from Purdue, the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University to launch the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP), an initiative designed to help companies and communities develop action plans to recover from the negative business and community impacts associated with reductions in defense-related investments in the state of Indiana. As a result of these and other Extension CD and regional development engagement activities across the state of Indiana and beyond, he has been able to help garner more than $4M to support Purdue’s Extension Community Development and PCRD activities.

Bo completed his term as president of the Rural Sociological Society in August 2004 and served as President of the International Community Development Society in 2012-13. He was honored in 2014 with three major achievements — the Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award from the Rural Sociological Society, an inductee of the George Washington Carver Hall of Fame for Public Engagement at Tuskegee University and the Honor Award for External Partnership by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Furthermore, he and his three SET National Coordinating Team colleagues were honored in October 2015 with the NIFA/USDA National Partnership Award for Multi-State Programs. He received his M.S. in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1977, both from Purdue University. He current holds the rank of Professor in the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics.