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Richard Boettcher

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.

Professor Boettcher has been an active scholar throughout his professional career, contributing research reports as well as monographs and journal articles. His writing and presentations have covered many areas of social work practice, but his work has given particular attention to social work ethics, ethical challenges, and ethical conflicts.  Although, now, professor emeritus at Ohio State University, he continues to be in demand as a speaker and trainer in conferences and social service agency workshops.

Dr. Boettcher received his B.A. from Augustana College in 1957 graduating Magna cum Laude; his MSW from
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, with Research Honors; and his Ph.D. in social work with a minor in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1970.

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. 

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