Glen Bowman reflected on the career of Leonard Ross Ballou, Sr. in a column for the Elizabeth City, NC Daily Advance on January 2, 2016, "Campus archivist delved into forgotten African-American history." Ballou began his service at Elizabeth City State University in the 1960s as a faculty member and later served as the institution's archivist. While Ballou passed away in 2004, Bowman documents how his influence continues to the present.
Ballou was author of Pasquotank Pedagogues and Politicians: Early Educational Struggles of Elizabeth City State Colored Normal School for Elizabeth City State College’s 75th anniversary. Several other unpublished works are available on the institution's web site, including studies on Elizabeth City educator Thomas Cardozo and ECSU founder Hugh Cale,
Bowman also cites Ballou as an important influence when he wrote Elizabeth City State University, 1891-2016: The Continuity of a Historical Legacy of Excellence and Resilience that was released to coincide with the institution's 125th anniversary.