In February 2015 The Center for Leadership Development brought Robert “Bob” Long PhD to Central KY as the 2015 W. Norris Duvall Leader In Residence. Bob Long is currently the visiting Distinguished Professor of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program at Murray State University and serves as senior fellow at Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Dr. Long’s distinguished career in nonprofit leadership, and community philanthropy at the Kellogg Foundation, as well as his experience as a youth development specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service in Illinois and Nevada made him the perfect choice for the leader in residence position. He is the embodiment of the W. Norris Duvall Endowment Fund’s mission of supporting programs that reinforce the importance of integrity, ethical behavior and a sense of civic engagement through service-oriented leadership initiatives for Kentucky’s youth and college students.

Upon the announcement that Dr. Long was going to be coming to Central Kentucky as the leader in Residence we received an outpouring of interest. From faculty wanting him to come and speak to students to non-profit and philanthropic organizations wanting to tap into his expertise on creating community foundations and supporting social enterprise and entrepreneurship initiatives, he was in high demand for the entire week. At the end of his week-long engagement he had met with 12 different groups and had spoken to over 318 people.

In October 2015 Jayne Cravens spoke to over 296 people on the topics of virtual volunteering, using social media to drive social change and marketing community impact, as well as how to develop local and international leadership community service projects. She shared her international experience working in underserved and impoverished communities for agencies like the United Nations with our students, faculty and community leaders who are leading change initiatives within Kentucky and abroad. Her business Coyote Communications, provides expertise, training and resources on how to utilize social media platforms and online tools to better support and market  mission-based organizations including not-for profits, non-governmental organizations, civil society and public sector as well as government agencies. Cravens hails from Henderson, KY and currently resides outside of Portland, Oregon.

Cravens is co-author of “The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook” (1993) and her information and research in this field of social media have been used in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and the Associated Press as well as in blogs worldwide. Many of these articles can be accessed on her Coyote Communications website. Follow Jayne on twitter at #ukyduvall