Dr. R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., is the chief executive officer of the ASU Foundation for A New American University. Prior to joining the foundation in October 2011, he served as ASU’s senior vice president for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. As senior vice president for OKED he was responsible for ASU’s growing annual $350 million research portfolio, which placed ASU among the top 20 research institutions in the country without medical schools. As director of the Global Institute of Sustainability, Shangraw oversaw the institute’s research, education and problem-solving initiatives, with a special focus on urban environments.
Since taking the helm as the foundation CEO, Shangraw has directed a team of more than 100 fundraising professionals that has generated nearly $400 million in new investments and commitments in support of ASU. In addition, for two consecutive years (2012, 2013), the foundation has been awarded the premier four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest and most respected evaluator of nonprofit organizations.
Before joining ASU he was founder and CEO of Project Performance Corporation, a research and technology consulting firm specializing in environmental, energy and information management issues. During his tenure, PPC received the Inc. 500 Award for being one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States.
Currently, Shangraw holds professor of practice appointments with ASU’s School of Public Affairs within the College of Public Programs and the School of Sustainability.
Ph.D., Technology and Information Policy and Organization Design, Syracuse University
M.P.A., Public Administration, Syracuse University
B.A., Political Science (magna cum laude), Dickinson College
Environmental Studies Certificate, Environmental Studies, Dickinson College