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.
Dan Kahl, K-State Research and Extension Liaison
Dan Kahl is an Instructor with K-State Research and Extension and the Research and Extension Liaison with the CECD. Prior to working at Kansas State University, Dan served nine years as the Executive Director of a not-for-profit organization in Iowa, and was the director of a nationally funded community service program for two years. In 1998 he joined K-State Research and Extension to co-coordinate the Kansas Environmental Leadership Program. Dan served as the Extension Director of the Kansas PRIDE program, a partnership between the Kansas Department of Commerce, and K-State Extension from 2002 - 2013. Dan has been involved with the KSU Center for Engagement and Community Development since its’ creation in 2006. Dan is an Education graduate of Iowa State University, holds a Masters degree in Leadership Studies from FHSU, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership at Kansas State University.
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.
Myles Alexander, Project Coordinator
Myles Alexander is the Project Coordinator for the Center for Engagement and Community Development and Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy. He supervises the student interns, seeks and writes grants and proposals, and works with community, faculty and staff to promote the programs and missions of CECD. He joined the staff in July 2011 after completing a degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His previous work includes architecture in Minnesota where he volunteered with the Minnesota Design Team, planning and envisioning development in rural communities. He also provided intentional interim ministry to congregations in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin in the transition to new permanent leadership.