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R Shangraw, Jr.

R Shangraw, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer, ASU Enterprise Partners, Arizona State University


ASU Enterprise Partners
Arizona State University
300 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281-2033


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Chief Executive Officer, ASU Enterprise Partners, Arizona State University
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU
  • Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor of Practice, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Service & Community Solutions


R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., PhD, is the chief executive officer of ASU Enterprise Partners. He previously served as the CEO of the ASU Foundation for A New American University. Under Shangraw’s leadership, ASU Enterprise Partners was created in 2016 as a new model for diversified revenue generation to support Arizona State University. Enterprise Partners is an umbrella organization for the foundation and other affiliate entities that engage in fundraising, applied research, technology transfer, real estate transactions, or collaborate research initiatives that generate support for the university. In its first year of operation, Enterprise Partners was named a top company to work for in Arizona by Republic Media and

During his tenure as CEO of the foundation, Shangraw directed a team of more than 100 fundraising professionals that generated over $900 million in new investments and commitments in support of the university. For five consecutive years (2012–16), the foundation earned the premier, four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest and most respected evaluator of nonprofit organizations. The foundation also received CareerBuilder’s Top Company to Work for in Arizona honors for three consecutive years (2014–16).

Prior to joining the foundation, Shangraw served as ASU’s senior vice president for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) and director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. As senior vice president for OKED he was responsible for ASU’s growing annual research portfolio, which placed ASU among the top research institutions in the country without a medical school. As director of the Global Institute of Sustainability, Shangraw oversaw research, education, and problem-solving initiatives, with a special focus on urban environments.

Shangraw serves on the board of several programs and institutes, including the McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, The Sustainability Consortium, and he chairs the board of directors of Arizona Technology Enterprises.

Before joining ASU, he was founder and CEO of Project Performance Corporation, a research and technology consulting firm specializing in environmental, energy, and information management issues. During his tenure, PPC received the Inc. 500 Award for being one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States. Prior to PPC, Shangraw was on the faculty of Syracuse University.

He holds a B.A., magnum cum laude, in political science and a certificate in environmental studies from Dickinson College; a master of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; and a PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School, with a specialization in technology and information policy and organization design.

Shangraw is a professor of practice at the School of Sustainability in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Public Affairs in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University.




  • PhD, Technology and Information Policy and Organization Design, Syracuse University
  • MPA, Public Administration, Syracuse University
  • Environmental Studies Certificate, Environmental Studies, Dickinson College
  • BA, Political Science (magna cum laude), Dickinson College




Crow, M. M., B. Bozeman, W. Meyer and R. F. Shangraw, Jr. 1988. Synthetic Fuel Technology Development in the United States: A Retrospective Assessment. Pranger. ISBN: 978-0275930837.