Harvest Director has Long Resume

January 7, 2007

Richard E. Killingsworth, who will become the executive director of The Harvest Foundation by March, currently is program director for the Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, Mich.

That foundation established its grantmaking programs in January 2001 with four trustees and two staff members. Two months later, it rolled out its first docket of grants: $1,291,014 was paid to 32 organizations, according to its Web site.

At the same time, Applewood, the historic estate of C.S. and Ruth Mott which is operated by the foundation, is responsible for maintaining the home, grounds and outbuildings and for coordinating public events on the property.

C.S. Mott was one of the founders of General Motors; Roth Mott was his wife. She died in 2000. In the past five years, the foundation has grown to more than 26 staff and 240 volunteers. Activities are overseen by six trustees who award grants three times a year, the Web site states. It has about $210 million in assets, Killingsworth said.

The foundation promotes community vitality through support of programs focused on arts, beautification and health promotion. In 2005 its funding commitment for programs was $6.5 million.

Before working at the Ruth Mott Foundation, Killingsworth was the national director of Active Living by Design, an initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the same time he served as an associate research professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the School of Public Health. In that capacity, he published numerous articles and was co-editor of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

He served in the federal government for 15 years and was a health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also was the lead interventionist on the CDC's Active Community Environment Initiative.

Killingsworth coordinated the nation's largest corporate health risk assessment program at General Electric. He directed the largest federal employee health promotion program at the Federal Bureau of Prisons that spanned more than 70 institutions. He also developed and coordinated the first and largest U.S. Army health promotion center.

Killingsworth grew up in a low income section of Gary, Ind. He earned a bachelor's degree in community health education from Indiana State University and his masters of public health degree in public health education from Indiana University.

He is completing a doctorate in architecture, behavior and culture from Georgia Institute of Technology and is preparing to defend his dissertation proposal in 2007. He also is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership and the U.S. Army Management and Staff College.

Killingsworth also serves on several national boards, committees and initiatives including the Food and Fitness Initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Shaping America's Health and Shaping America's Youth national campaigns for the American Diabetes Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Communities on the Move statewide initiative and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program panel studying the effects of transportation on physical activity.

He served on the Institute of Transportation Engineers Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, Alliance for Clean Air and Transportation, Partnership for a Walkable America, International Walk to School Day Coalition, Federal Interagency Transportation and Sustainable Communities Committee, and the Pedestrian Bicycle Information Clearinghouse National Review Committee. In 2002, he provided testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the importance of active living and safe routes to school.

He has received awards including two national awards — the Department of Army Superior Service Award (the Army's third highest civilian award) and the Office of Personnel Management's National Public Service Certificate of Excellence for significant achievements in health promotion. He also is a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps.

Killingsworth also volunteers a lot of his time to local efforts and issues. He is an avid runner, hiker and outdoor recreation enthusiast and has hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

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