AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2014 – Dr. David Springer has been named as the new Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, it was announced today by LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings. Springer, who began his professional career as a clinical social worker, has been a member of The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work since 1997 where he is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor.
In recent years, Springer’s research has focused on the reform of juvenile justice systems and the delivery of effective community-based services with youth in the United States and Brazil. His work spans across direct practice, community building, nonprofit management, system reform, research and leadership.
“I am delighted that David Springer, a recognized scholar in community-based services for youth and families, is joining the LBJ School to direct the RGK Center,” said Hutchings. “Dr. Springer will build on the legacy and work of the RGK Center inspired by Curtis Meadows and Peter Frumkin, the Center’s first two directors. Springer’s commitment to bridging the worlds of theory and practice is in perfect alignment with the Center’s mission, and I have no doubt he will further solidify the Center’s position as a forward-thinking leader in the study of philanthropy and best practice in nonprofit management."
Ranked in the top ten of nonprofit management programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the RGK Center builds and disseminates knowledge to address pressing issues in philanthropy, nonprofit management, volunteerism and global civil society to prepare students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities. The Center is also home to UT’s Graduate Portfolio in Nonprofit Studies, the largest graduate portfolio at the university.
“The work of the LBJ School’s world-class faculty, dedicated staff, inspiring students, and successful alumni changes lives,” said Springer. “I am honored to join the RGK Center and its network of leaders, and I look forward to working together to shape the Center’s next generation of excellence.”
Springer brings to the Center years of research, teaching, and administrative experience. He has conducted research funded by the Department of Justice, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and the RGK Foundation. He has received numerous university-wide teaching and advising awards, including the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award and the DAD’s Centennial Teaching Fellowship. In addition to serving as Associate Dean for the School of Social Work at UT-Austin, Springer was Dean at the Portland State University School of Social Work prior to returning to Austin.
Springer currently serves on the National Advisory Board of Girls and Gangs for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Advisory Council for the Great Wall of China and Children of All Nations Adoption, and the National Advisory Council for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
He earned his PhD in Social Work from Florida State University. Springer assumes his responsibilities with the RGK Center in the fall of 2014.