Institute for Youth Leaders

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Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D.

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The University of Northern Iowa’s Institute for Youth Leaders, a program of the School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services, will host a R.J McElroy Scholar Lecture on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Title: Youth Development in an Age of Disruption: What's Past is Prologue.

Venue: WRC Building room 252 

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

For more information, please contact the Institute for Youth Leaders at 319-273-2840 or Christopher R. Edginton at, or Marie Adebiyi at

Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU) and is the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development. Dr. Ashcraft has earned a global reputation for his pioneering work to advance the understanding effective practice for leaders of nonprofit/philanthropic organizations. Under his leadership, the ASU Lodestar Center is considered one of the world’s leading nonprofit academic centers, renowned for its research, education, leadership programs, and conference activities, helping to build the capacity of the social sector for those who lead, manage, and support nonprofits. Dr. Ashcraft teaches courses in nonprofit management, philanthropy and the capstone course for students in ASU’s graduate degree program. His research interests have resulted in numerous publications on topics such as nonprofit and social entrepreneurship education, collaboration strategies, and volunteer management. His efforts have resulted in successfully securing over $35 million in external resources from individuals, foundations, corporate and government entities to bolster nonprofit programs at ASU. His leadership brought about the nation’s first undergraduate degree in nonprofit leadership and management. In nonprofit service, Dr. Ashcraft serves on several local and national boards and previously worked professionally as a director of volunteers, director of community services, manager of human resources and executive director. In 2012 Dr. Ashcraft was named one of the most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector by the Nonprofit Times as a member of its “Power and Influence Top 50” list. Registration is required

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  April 20, 2018

8:30 - 11: 00 a.m.

Holmes Jr. High Old Gymnasium

Refreshments will be served