Leslie Boney

Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement
Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

Leslie Boney is Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement and the Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University. As Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement (OE), Boney works with the unit’s staff, the University Engagement Operations Council, and other key community partners, faculty and staff. He promotes OE’s strategic plan implementation, furthers NC State’s efforts to meet the needs of people and communities statewide. As IEI Director, Boney leads the Institute’s efforts to identify key issues of importance to the state and develop consensus for action to address.

Prior to joining NC State, he served as Vice President for International, Community and Economic Engagement at the UNC System for 10 years. After starting his career as a high school teacher, he worked as a reporter and producer. For the past 25 years, he has worked on a series of public policy issues, leading policy development and strategic planning for the NC Department of Commerce, and managing several statewide or multistate programs, focusing on topics including revitalizing struggling rural economies; transitioning individuals off of public assistance into work; and improving the transfer of technology into commercial use. He has written extensively on economic and community development and serves on several boards and commissions. Leslie earned his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College, where he was a Laurie Scholar.