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Dr. Boettcher has been a social worker and NASW member for more than 50 years and has provided leadership and enrichment to the profession throughout his career. Dr. Boettcher has served social work in many leadership roles. He has served as dean in social work education and as an officer of four different NASW chapters, including president of two. In addition to these formal roles, he has been active in promoting progressive social policies in several states, including Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. He also has been a program evaluator for both social agencies and educational programs throughout the country.
Dr. Boettcher received his B.A. from Augustana College in 1957 graduating Magna cum Laude; his MSW from
On several occasions, his colleagues have seen fit to honor Dr. Boettcher's leadership and contributions to the profession. He was named Social Worker of the Year by the Mid-Missouri Program Unit in 1983 for his leadership as Director of the School and as the founding president of the Missouri Social Work Educational Consortium. The Central Ohio Unit of NASW acknowledged his leadership in Ohio with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. In 1993 the general assembly of Ohio adopted a “Special Resolution of Recognition” for his leadership and service to the state.