John R. Dedrick Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

John Dedrick is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Kettering Foundation. He has a longstanding research interest in the theory and practice of democracy and has worked closely with higher education professionals and community-based forum moderators on numerous scholarly and community-based research studies.

Dedrick has written on deliberative politics in The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (Gastil and Levine, eds., Jossey-Bass, 2005), The Journal of General Education, and Deliberation and the Work of Higher Education: Innovations for the Classroom, the Campus, and the Community (Dedrick et al., eds., Kettering Foundation Press, 2008).

Dedrick is the former board president of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, and he serves on the public policy committee of Philanthropy Ohio. He has previously served as a faculty fellow at Fielding Graduate University, where he led seminars on topics including deliberation, dialogue, and civic engagement.

Dedrick received a BA and MA from the College of William and Mary and an MA and PhD in political science from Rutgers University.