Lawrence- David Booth will receive the KU School of Business’ Distinguished Alumni Award at a ceremony with Governor Sam Brownback on Thursday. Booth made international news in 2010 with his purchase of James Naismith’s original 13 rules of basketball. He is giving them to KU to house in a new facility to be built. But Booth has also done a number of other philanthropic things in the community and has seen national business success. He founded Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1981 and oversees the firm’s key corporate initiatives and strategic long-range planning as chairman and co-CEO.
Booth is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Kansas Endowment Association. The University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business was named in honor of David, where he also serves as a lifetime member of the school’s advisory council.
David Booth, who resides in Austin, Texas, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1968 and a master’s in business in 1969 from the University of Kansas. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1971.
Thursday’s ceremony is a private event at the Oread.