Leslie Lenkowsky

Professor of Practice, Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB; Affiliate Faculty Member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Leslie Lenkowsky
1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN


  • A. B. Franklin and Marshall College
  • Ph.D. Harvard University


Dr. Leslie Lenkowsky is professor of practice in the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a member of the philanthropic studies faculty of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He teaches courses on philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship, civil society around the world, and public policy.

Dr. Lenkowsky returned to the university in January 2004 after stepping down as chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a position to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush in October 2001.

Before joining the Bush Administration, Dr. Lenkowsky was professor of philanthropic studies and public policy at IUPUI. From 1990 to 1997, he served as president of the Hudson Institute, an internationally renowned public policy research institute. Dr. Lenkowsky has also served as president of the Institute for Educational Affairs, deputy director of the United States Information Agency, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and research director at the Smith Richardson Foundation.

A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Dr. Lenkowsky received his doctorate from Harvard University. His writing has appeared in such publications as Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. He has spoken frequently to educational and philanthropic groups throughout the United States and internationally.

Courses Taught

  • Civil Society in Comparative Perspective
  • Communications for Nonprofit and Public Affairs
  • Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Traditions: What is Government For?
  • Capstone

Research Interests

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Public policy and philanthropy
  • Civil society
  • Volunteering