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Center for Engagement and Community Development

David Procter

David E. Procter, Director

David Procter is Director of CECD and a professor of speech communication. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Kansas State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Since arriving at K-State in 1987, he has worked in partnership with communities across the state. He has worked on issues of school consolidation, community strategic planning, heritage museum education, facilitation of community dialogue, and strategies for re-populating rural communities. Procter has authored two books on community building - Enacting Political Culture (1991) and The Rhetoric of Community Building (2005) plus numerous essays and book chapters on the subject. Before becoming the Director of CECD, Procter served on the Advisory Board for the Kansas Center for Rural Initiatives.

Chandra Ruthstrom

Chandra Ruthstrom
, Administrative Assistant

Chandra Ruthstrom is the Administrative Assistant for operations at the Center for Engagement and Community Development. Her duties include special event coordination; maintaining and monitoring CECD's fiscal operations; serving as the Center's personnel officer; serving as the chief liaison with university departments; and serving as the Center's grant manager and administrator.

Nancy Daniels

Nancy Daniels, Extension Liaison

Nancy Daniels joined K-State Research and Extension in April 2015 as the Community Vitality Specialist and the Liaison to CECD.  Her role is to work with local communities to increase the capacity of local communities, enterprises, and families to create a sustainable future to live, learn, and work. As the Liaison to CECD she will seek opportunities to engage KSU faculty and staff with communities around the state.  Before coming to K-State, Daniels was Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Topeka and was the Director of Community Initiatives at United Way of Greater Topeka.  She earned a BBA from Washburn University and a MPA from Kansas University.

David Procter

Donna Schenck-Hamlin, Project Coordinator

Donna Schenck-Hamlin is Project Coordinator for both CECD and ICDD. She co-founded ICDD in 2004, and has developed a passion for helping small-population towns and under-served individuals in rural and urban areas. Donna received a Bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Oregon, and has a Masters degree in Musicology from Kansas State University, as well as a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Oregon. As Project Coordinator, she hopes to promote civic work to faculty and students at KSU who may have never recognized engagement in their academic endeavors. She also hopes to develop facilitation skills and resources for students, faculty, and community organizers.  In her free time, Donna likes landscape gardening, biking, and music. She has completed the Bike Across Kansas ride 5 times, and went 11 years without owning a car.