I am pleased to announce that the Ashbrook Board has appointed Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga as the new Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, effective immediately. Jeff was chosen from a large pool of qualified applicants after an extensive national search. Jeff has served as Interim Executive Director for the past seven months.
The Board was tasked with finding the best person to lead the Ashbrook Center, someone who would perpetuate Ashbrook’s purpose of restoring and strengthening the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. And the decision of the Board was unanimous. We are confident that Jeff, with his deep understanding and commitment to preserving American freedom and his true love for Ashbrook and our country, has the judgment and vision to advance the educational programs of the Ashbrook Center for students, teachers, and citizens.
For the past 23 years, Jeff has taught teachers, undergraduates, and high school students through Ashbrook’s Teaching American History programs, the Ashbrook Scholar Program, and the Ashbrook Academy. Ashbrook alumni will be happy to know that Jeff will maintain a teaching role in the classroom.
Outside of Ashbrook, Jeff has been a senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia, a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and the William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He has lectured across the country on religious liberty, American politics, and the Supreme Court and has published books, book chapters, and articles on American political thought, the US Constitution, and politics and religion.
Please join me in welcoming Jeff in his new role as Executive Director. Our mission remains the same as when President Reagan inaugurated the Ashbrook Center in 1983, and we look forward with renewed hope and vigor to continuing the fight for America in the days and years ahead.
Marvin J. Krinsky
Ashbrook Board Chairman