Dr. Leslie Lenkowsky is Professor Emeritus of Practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and an affiliate member of the Philanthropic Studies faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Before retiring in June, 2016, he taught courses on philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship, civil society around the world, and public policy.
Dr. Lenkowsky returned to the university in January 2004 after stepping down as chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a position to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush in October 2001.
Before joining the Bush Administration, Dr. Lenkowsky was professor of philanthropic studies and public policy at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis. From1990 to 1997, he served as president of the Hudson Institute, an internationally renowned public policy research institute. Dr. Lenkowsky has also served as president of the Institute for Educational Affairs, deputy director of the United States Information Agency, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and research director at the Smith Richardson Foundation.
A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Dr. Lenkowsky received his doctorate from Harvard University. His writing has appeared in such publications as Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. He has spoken frequently to educational and philanthropic groups throughout the United States and internationally, as well as worked extensively with journalists covering philanthropy.
Dr. Lenkowsky and his wife currently live in Bloomington, Indiana.