Springer, David W. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • MSW, Florida State University
  • B.A., Florida State University
Research Areas
  • Nonprofit and Community Leadership
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
Teaching Areas
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including non-profits)
  • Development Policy

David W. Springer, Ph.D., is the director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, a university distinguished teaching professor and a fellow to the Sid Richardson Chair of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. After receiving his Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University, he joined the faculty at UT Austin in 1997. Dr. Springer began his career as a clinical social worker with adolescents and their families. Bridging direct practice and public policy, his research and teaching coalesce around effective leadership, nonprofits and systems to strengthen communities. He leads the RGK Center team in preparing the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. Dr. Springer serves on several national and local nonprofit boards and provides executive leadership training and mentoring for nonprofit professionals.

Springer has been recognized for his leadership in the field and impact on society: Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50, a national list of the top working executives in the nonprofit sector; fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research; among the 100 most influential social work journal authors by the British Journal of Social Work; and distinguished alumni in social policy and administration by the Florida State University College of Social Work.


Media MentionOctober 15, 2020
Remote learning zooms into focus for education and career advancement

Amid COVID, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas was able to increase class size by 5 percent, keeping "summer melt" stable at about 9 percent, according to David Springer, director of the RGK Center for Philantropy and Community Service.

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NewsOctober 13, 2020
RGK Director David Springer named interim dean-designate of the LBJ School

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Jaffe announced the appointment of RGK Center Director and University Distinguished Professor David Springer of the LBJ School of Public Affairs to serve as the school's interim dean beginning in January 2021.

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NewsMay 30, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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