LeBoeuf called to active duty as Army University’s vice provost of academic affairs

Brigadier General and civil engineering professor Eugene J. LeBoeuf has been called to active duty in the U.S. Army to serve as vice provost of academic affairs for Army University and Deputy Commanding General for Reserve Affairs for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center for one year.

Professor LeBoeuf

Army University was established July 7, 2015, and is located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. It is a university-modeled system for the approximately one million soldiers in the active, National Guard, and Reserve units. LeBoeuf’s active duty begins Feb. 15, 2016.

The VPAA position is responsible for academic governance, including instruction, curriculum design, maintenance of academic standards, and academic research. Army University builds on the Army’s existing Professional Military Education system by integrating 86 Training and Doctrine Command colleges, schools, and institutes.

“Army University will provide a focal point for development of Army partnerships with civilian academic institutions and private industry, as well as facilitate comprehensive accreditation for Army education and nationally recognized credentialing for Army training,” said LeBoeuf, who is currently the deputy commanding general of the 416th Theater Engineer Command, U.S. Army Reserve.

In the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, Professor LeBoeuf serves as the associate chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the department’s director of undergraduate studies as well as director of graduate recruitment. His research focuses on water quality and water resources, such as sustainable-energy water systems and optimization of multi-reservoir hydropower systems.

“Professor LeBoeuf is a leader in our department in research and education, and our students benefit tremendously from the unique perspectives he brings in his service to our nation. We are very excited for him to have this opportunity to lead the U.S. Army in this new academic enterprise that will serve the nation’s soldiers,” said Doug Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and chair of the department.

Professor’s military career

LeBoeuf, a 30-year Army veteran, was promoted in March 2015 from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier General of the 416th Theater Engineer Command, U.S. Army Reserve.

LeBoeuf received a commission through the U.S. Army ROTC program into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 1985. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; a masters’ degree in civil engineering from Stanford University; a masters’ degree in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University; and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. He also earned a Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

His additional military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Contingency Engineering Management Course, Command and General Staff Officer Course, and Advanced Joint Professional Military Education Course.

He has served in numerous command and staff positions throughout his career, including 2d Engineer Battalion (combat); 2d Infantry Division, South Korea; Deputy Area Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District; 12th Engineer Battalion (combat), 3rd Armored Division during Desert Storm; 554th Engineer Battalion, and U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Follow-on assignments include instructor for the Department of Systems Engineering at West Point; a joint billet as Engineer Plans and Logistics Officer, and a number of other command positions in the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii.

Awards and decorations include, among many others, the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. In 1989, he was selected as the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award Recipient for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and in 2011 was elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

LeBoeuf has published more than 50 technical publications, awarded four U.S. patents, and is a recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Faculty CAREER Award. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and Tennessee, and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.

Brenda Ellis, (615) 343-6314
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