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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.


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.

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.