R. Eric Staley

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Working Title
Professor of Practice
People Type
Adjunct Faculty

PhD from University of Missouri

Research Emphasis

Professional experience in management of all three sectors: public, private, and nonprofit


With professional experience in all three sectors, Dr. Staley teaches the practical tools of management, planning, and resource development in support of policy and public value.  He entered the field of management and resource development in 1975 with the Business and Industry Extension Program of the University of Missouri System. He became a full-time consultant in 1996 and since then he has led or counseled more than 100 organizations in all three sectors—public, private, and nonprofit—toward achieving their aspirations and missions, and has helped them to increase their various revenue streams by more than a billion dollars.  In 2010 he joined the Truman School of Public Affairs faculty and, more recently, the Affiliated Faculty of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Eric served as vice president and chief development officer of three universities and the CEO of a national arts and education nonprofit organization. As a consultant, he provides full-service counsel and education to a broad client base that includes such diverse groups as arts associations, social service agencies, colleges and universities, for-profit corporations with giving and sponsorship programs (most recently PetSmart Corporation), City Parks and Recreation departments, Chambers of Commerce, and the United States Marine Corps. He has coached executive leadership and has trained volunteers for United Way. Additionally, he has counseled on a number of local economic development efforts in which municipalities have developed public-private partnerships in support of community projects.

As a member of the executive board of the Staunton, Virginia, Chamber of Commerce, he founded “200 by 2000: A Community Leadership Institute,” for which he received a citation for “Vision and Leadership.” Shortly thereafter he was elected to Staunton’s City Council where he spearheaded the public/governmental role in the successful consolidation of two regional hospitals.

Eric earned a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and holds a certificate in higher education management from Harvard University. His formal education also includes graduate studies at the University of Oxford. He is certified in social entrepreneurship by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and has been identified as an international expert in the field by the U.S. State Department.  He represented the United States’ social entrepreneurship efforts through a 10-city lecture tour in Germany in May, 2017, sponsored by the German and American state departments through the U. S. Embassy and the German-American Institute.  In 2018 he served as seminar leader for a group of 10 interdisciplinary faculty at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen, Germany, participating in discussions of the European Union’s sustainability policies concerning climate, agriculture, and migration.

His eclectic background supports publications in a variety of fields, and he writes and speaks frequently on philanthropy and leadership. On Philanthropy Day in 2014 he was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by his peers in the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Courses Taught

Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations

Budgeting and Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector

Social Entrepreneurship

The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector

Tools and Strategies for Fundraising and Philanthropy (topics course)

Selected Publications


In Search of C.I.V.I.C. Leadership, ASR Philanthropic Publishing, reference collection, July, 2000.

10 Impediments to Campaign Success, ASR Philanthropic Publishing, reference collection, January, 1999.

essays and articles:

“Influence, Commerce, and the Literary Magazine,” in Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine edited by Travis Kurowski, Atticus Books, October, 2013.

Defining Strategic Mission,” Philanthropy Journal (online journal funded by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation), www.philanthropyjournal.org, October 11, 2006.

Three Success Stories, included in On The Money, ed. Robert F. Hartsook, ASR Publishing, 2004.

Contributions to Getting Your Ducks in a Row, ed. Robert F. Hartsook, ASR Publishing, 2001.

“In Search of C.I.V.I.C. Leadership,” Fund Raising Management, Vol. 30, No.15, May, 2000, p. 30.

“10 Impediments To Campaigns,” Fund Raising Management, Vol. 29, No. 7, September, 1998, p.13.

"Why I Do What I Do: Personal Notes of an Arts and Education Advocate," Carousel, "Commonwealth" section, a publication of The Writer's Center, Bethesda, Maryland, January-February, 1986 [see also entry under public appearances].

"The Coming Revolution in Graduate Writing Programs," The Chronicle of Higher Education, "Point of View" section, August 29, 1984, p.80.

"A Type of Design: Generating Visual Effects with the Alphabet," PortFolio, January, 1984, p.29.

"Influence, Commerce, and the Literary Magazine," The Missouri Review, Vol. VII, No. 1, Fall, 1983, p.77.

edited works:

Missouri Corporate Planner, 1980 (state manual for attracting business and industry to the state), for the Missouri State Division of Commerce and Industrial Development.

The Missouri Review, Vol. III, No. 1, Fall, 1979-Vol. V, No.3, Winter, 1982 (9 books) for the University of Missouri.

Whatever Isn't Glory, stories by Tom McAfee, 1979, for Singing Wind Publications.

The Tempo Changes.  The Lights Go Up. The Partners Change, poems by Tom McAfee, 1978, for Singing Wind Publications.

The Summer People, poems by Ted Schaefer, 1978, for Singing Wind Publications.

Oracle of the Turtle: Poems on the I Ching, by Bob Dyer, 1978; 1979 for Singing Wind Publications.

Etchings & Lithographs: Frank Stack, 1976 (art book), for Singing Wind Publications.

Boone County Fare, 1975 (regional multi-arts anthology), for Singing Wind Publications.

book reviews:

Classical Illusions, by Jascha Kessler, reviewed in New York Times Book Review, Sunday, November 24, 1985.

Conversations with American Authors, by Charles Ruas, and Unless Soul Clap Its Hands, by Erika Duncan, reviewed in Virginia-Pilot/Ledger-Star, Sunday, February 24, 1985.

The Burning House, by Ann Beattie, reviewed in Virginia-Pilot/Ledger-Star, Sunday, November 18, 1984.

Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, reviewed in Virginia-Pilot/Ledger-Star, Sunday, October 23, 1983.

Prize Stories: The O’Henry Awards 1982, edited by William Abrahams; The Random Review 1982, edited by Gary Fisketjon and Jonathan Galassi for Random House; The Pushcart Prize VII: Best of the Small Presses, edited by Bill Henderson: an omnibus review in Virginia-Pilot/Ledger-Star, Sunday, September 12, 1982.