Leslie Lenkowsky

Professor Emeritus in Public Affairs and Philanthropy

Phone:
(812) 855-4072
Email:
llenkows@indiana.edu
Room Number:
SPEA 327

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982
  • A.B., Franklin and Marshall College, 1968

Courses

  • Civil Society in Comparative Perspective
  • Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Communications for Public and Nonprofit Affairs

Biography

Dr. Leslie Lenkowsky is an expert in volunteering and civic engagement, nonprofits and public policy, civil society in comparative perspective, education and social welfare policy, and social entrepreneurship. A leading scholar on philanthropy, Lenkowsky has been a member of SPEA’s faculty since 2004, and, for five years, was the director of Graduate Programs at IU’s Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis. He also served for many years as professor of philanthropic studies and public policy at IUPUI.  

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Lenkowsky to be CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a position he held for three years. The Corporation engages more than a million Americans of all ages in improving local communities through three initiatives: AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and the National Senior ServiceCorps. President Bill Clinton appointed Lenkowsky as one of the founding directors of the Corporation when it was created in 1993.

Among his other positions, Lenkowsky has served as president of the Institute for Educational Affairs, deputy director of the United States Information Agency, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, director of the Philanthropy Roundtable, and director of research at the Smith Richardson Foundation. He has also served on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards.

For seven years (1990-97), Lenkowsky served as president of Hudson Institute, an internationally renowned public policy research institution headquartered in Indianapolis. During Lenkowsky’s tenure, Hudson developed an innovative set of programs aimed at providing practical solutions to the nation’s most pressing domestic problems, such as crime, welfare dependency, and inadequate educational skills.

A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Lenkowsky received his doctorate from Harvard University. His writing has appeared in such publications as Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The Public Interest, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Indianapolis Business Journal. He has spoken frequently to educational and philanthropic groups throughout the United States and internationally.

Highlights

  • Country Expert, United States, The Index of Philanthropic Freedom, Hudson Institute, 2015
  • Clinical Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
  • Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, D.C.
  • President, Hudson Institute, Indianapolis
  • David R. Jones Award, Leadership in Voluntary Service (2010), The Fund for American Studies
  • Honorary Degrees, Franklin and Marshall College, John Carroll University, and Westminster College

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Selected Works