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R Shangraw, Jr.

R Shangraw, Jr.

President, Cintana Education



  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • President, Cintana Education
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at ASU
  • Professor of Practice, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Dr. Shangraw has spent most of his career scaling organizations while at the same time improving the quality of organizational outcomes.  He has spent the past 15 years as a senior executive at Arizona State University (ASU), which U.S. News and World Reports ranks as the most innovative university in the country.

From 2016 to 2019, Dr. Shangraw served as the founding chief executive officer of ASU Enterprise Partners, leading the movement to ensure and evolve higher education through entrepreneurship. He became CEO of the ASU Foundation for a New American University in 2011 and directed its expansion and transformation into ASU Enterprise Partners –reimagining fundraising to create a diversified revenue generation model for ASU. 

During his nine-year tenure, ASU Enterprise Partners grew its assets from $500 million to $1.5 billion, spanning five subsidiaries raising resources through philanthropy, real estate, technology transfer, applied research, and spinoff incubation. The organization also generated more than $900 million in new gifts and commitments, earned Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star rating for the last eight years and received recognition for its commitment to transparency by GuideStar USA.  

Dr. Shangraw previously served as senior vice president for research and innovation at ASU, establishing ASU as one of the fastest-growing research enterprises in the United States, with research expenditures ranked 7th in 2019 among American universities without medical schools. Under his leadership, nearly 5,000 distinct research projects were awarded over $1.2 billion in funding.  

Prior to his tenure at ASU, Dr. Shangraw was the founder and CEO of Project Performance Corporation, a Washington, D.C.-based research and technology consulting firm specializing in environmental, energy and information management challenges. He advised the U.S. Departments of Defense, Transportation, and Energy, as well as Fortune 100 companies.  Dr. Shangraw started his career as a tenure-track faculty member at Syracuse University.

Shangraw has a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in political science and a certificate in environmental studies from Dickinson College; a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; and a doctorate in public administration from the Maxwell School, with a specialization in technology and information policy and organization design. 


  • 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


Journal Articles


Crow, M. M. and R. F. Shangraw, Jr. 2016. Revisiting "public administration as a design science" for the twenty-first century public university. Public Administration Review 76(5):762-763. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12573. (link )


Shangraw, Jr., R. F. and M. M. Crow. 1998. Public administration as a design science. International Journal of Public Admininistration 21(6-8):1059-1077. DOI: 10.1080/01900699808525334. (link )


Bozeman, B. and R. F. Shangraw. 1989. Computers and commitment to a public management decision: An experiment. Knowledge in Society 2:42-56. DOI: 10.1007/BF02687206. (link )

Shangraw, Jr., R. F., M. M. Crow and S. Overman. 1989. Public administration as a design science. Public Administration Review 49(2):153-160. DOI: 10.2307/977335. (link )


Bozeman, B. and R. F. Shangraw, Jr. 1988. Computers as a public management decision tool: An experimental analysis of the effect of cost and access on information choice. Science Communication 10(2):111-139. DOI: 10.1177/0164025988010002002. (link )


Lambright, W. H., M. Crow and R. F. Shangraw. 1984. National projects in civilian technology. Review of Policy Research 3(3-4):453-459. DOI: 0.1111/j.1541-1338.1984.tb00140.x. (link )



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.

Book Chapters


Lambright, W. H., M. Crow and R. F. Shangraw. 1988. National projects in civilian technology. Pp. 63-74 In: Roessner, J. D. ed., Government Innovation Policy. algrave Macmillan. London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-349-08884-3.