Dr. Boone served as President/CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Board and its non-profit enterprise, Employward, Inc.  based in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Dr. Boone is recognized as an expert in innovative program design and delivery in workforce development; organizational strategic planning and transformation; and the orchestration of technology platforms to create large-scale solutions, resulting in performance-based and customer-centered workforce systems.

Prior to regional workforce board service, Dr. Boone served in workforce development leadership capacities in the post-secondary education and private health care sectors in Kentucky and Georgia, respectively.

Dr. Boone holds a bachelor of science (BS) degree in psychology (with an emphasis on Industrial/Organizational Psychology) from The University of Georgia; a master of public administration (MPA) in non-profit management and community development from Morehead State University, where he graduated at the top of his class and was recognized as the MSU College of Business and Public Affairs’ 2014 “Outstanding Graduate Student;” and a doctorate in education policy, measurement, and evaluation (EdD) from the University of Kentucky, with dissertation research focusing on work-based learning opportunities (WBLOs) as an impactful mechanism to transmit workplace-specific cultural capital to “first-generation career seekers,” a term he coined based on this research.