Cynthia F. Bohn, Ed.D.
Equus Run Vineyard
Eastern Kentucky University, ’80 BA Speech & Theater, AS Broadcast Engineering; ’81 MA Industrial Technology
University of Kentucky, ’96 EdD Educational Technology
EKU Dept. of Technology Distinguished Alum 2000
EKU CB&T Distinguished Speaker 2010
Dr. Cynthia Bohn, a native Kentuckian, grew up on a tobacco farm in Central Kentucky and retired after 30 years with IBM Corporation. She served in numerous roles within IBM, ranging from electrical engineering, international marketing, executive management, and teaching at the IBM Harvard Business Institute. The experience at IBM generated opportunities for worldwide travel and leadership development. She earned numerous business awards for marketing financial achievement, education programs, leadership and customer service.
Dr. Bohn pioneered the rebirth of the Kentucky wine industry by starting the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council in the early 1990s. She launched a new agri-tourism industry with the start of a vineyard and winery in 1998 in Midway, Kentucky -- thus her pre-planning for retirement back to Kentucky farmland!
An academic at heart, Dr. Bohn has earned four degrees in the sciences and arts, three of which are from Eastern Kentucky University, and was selected as the 2000 Distinguished Alum for the EKU Department of Applied Engineering and Technology. She is a published author in her doctoral field of education and is passionate about lifelong learning.
Service to community and giving back is a priority. Dr. Bohn is a Makenna Children's Foundation Member and also a Women Leading Kentucky Board Sponsor. Other accolades include Proctor & Gamble's Entrepreneur Community Award, the Lexington Herald-Leader Central Kentucky Leading Women Award, IBM's Women in Technology Honorary Award, and Harvard University's Kentuckians of Boston Honorary Award.
Equus Run Vineyards became her full-time job after her IBM Corporation retirement. The winery is open year round as a full-service winery and agri-tourism destination. Since founding the winery, Dr. Bohn desires to share the beautiful Bluegrass countryside with a flair of agri-tourism to promote Kentucky. The wines of Equus Run have won numerous awards at competitions across the nation. Equus Run has become a tourism destination and was voted one of the '16 Best Hidden Treasures of the United States' by CNN TV, Southern Living Magazine's 'must tour' location, Kentucky Tourism Council's 'Top 10 Summer Events for the Commonwealth', and Southeast Tourism Society's 'Top 20 Tourism' award.