Roger L. Beckett is the Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, a position he has held since June 2013.
Since joining the Ashbrook staff in 1997, Beckett has held numerous roles as Ashbrook has grown into the organization it is today. He has been pivotal in expanding Ashbrook into a national leader in offering history and civic education programs for students and teachers. He led the effort to create Ashbrook’s Master of Arts degree in American History and Government, both online and at Ashland University, as well as a variety of other programs for middle and high school history teachers to strengthen their understanding of American history and America’s founding principles.
In 2012, Beckett was appointed by the Ohio Legislature to be a member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, where he serves as the Chair of the Public Education and Information Committee. Among other activities, Beckett is a member of the Philadelphia Society, previously served as a member of the Ohio Humanities Council (appointed by the Ohio Governor in 2007), and he was a part of the 179th Airlift Wing Committee, a Mansfield, Ohio community committee that successfully saved the base from closing during the Pentagon’s Base Realignment and Closing process in 2004. For two years, he served on the selection committee for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. He was also a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute.
Beckett has been quoted in articles about history and civics education in the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and many other newspapers across the country. He has also conducted dozens of radio interviews nationwide. His articles have appeared in numerous papers, including the Arizona Daily Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Fresno Bee, Las Vegas Review Journal, National Review Online, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Tampa Tribune, and the Washington Times.
Beckett is a graduate of Ashland University and the Ashbrook Scholar program. He also received a Master of Arts in Social Studies Education from The Ohio State University. He received the James Madison Award from the Ashbrook Scholar Program and received a Mentor Award from Ashland University.
Roger is married to Danielle Beckett and has two daughters.
Sample editorials by Roger Beckett:
Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/29/15: Most U.S. Middle-School Kids Don’t Know How Government Works
Daily Caller, 4/29/15: American Students Flunk Their Own History, Geography
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5/2/15: What would Tom think?
Wall Street OTC: 4/29/15: U.S. Eighth-graders Scoring Low in History and Civics on Nation’s Report Card
Washington Examiner, 4/29/15: Eighth-graders struggling with basic U.S. history, civics
Washington Post, 5/1/15: Disappointment in the latest Nation’s Report Card
Washington Times, 5/13/15: American amnesia