Lionel J. "Bo" Beaulieu is director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and assistant director of the Extension Community Development Program. Bo has played a major role in the launch of a number of innovative national research and Extension programs, including the National e-Commerce Extension Project, the extension rural entrepreneurship effort, the Stronger Economies Together (SET) regional economic development initiative in partnership with USDA Rural Development and the Food Assistance Competitive Grants Program in collaboration with the USDA Economic Research Service. He has been a key player engaged in the development and implementation of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative, a new program established by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs in 2014.
Bo completed his term as president of the Rural Sociological Society in August 2004 and served as President of the national Community Development Society in 2012-13. He was honored in 2014 with three major awards — 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. Bo received his M.S. degree in 1975 and his Ph.D. degree in Sociology in 1977, both from Purdue University.