Cecil Boothe

Cecil H. Boothe

A former Harding University satellite campus director is facing two counts of rape/forcible fondling charges.

Online records show that Cecil H. Boothe, 73, of Bella Vista posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the Washington County Detention Center at 4:46 p.m. Wednesday.

Lt. Jeff Taylor, the Springdale Police Department spokesman, confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Boothe was arrested on Tuesday but said that he could not comment further because the case was still under investigation.

Prior to being the director for the Northwest Arkansas Professional Center, which is a Harding University satellite campus, the Bella Vista man was assistant executive director for the Arkansas Association on Educational Administrators from August 1998 to August 2005 and an adjunct professor at the University of Central Arkansas from August 1996 to June 1998. Boothe also served as an elementary principal for the Conway Public Schools District from July 1984 to June 1998.

According to the 73-year-old’s LinkedIn profile, he worked at four other school districts before serving the CPS district.

Boothe has not been a director for Harding University’s NWA location since 2009, Jana Rucker, the vice president for university communications and enrollment, confirmed Wednesday evening.

Online records show that Boothe is scheduled to appear Friday morning in Washington County Circuit Court regarding the aforementioned charges. Formal charges had not been filed as of press time Wednesday.

Staff writer Marisa Hicks can be reached at mhicks@thecabin.net.

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