NCN Announces Dr. Dennis W. Cheek as Its Inaugural Executive Director

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January 23, 2013

Contact: George Tzougros

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National Creativity Network Announces Dr. Dennis W. Cheek

As Its Inaugural Executive Director

The National Creativity Network (NCN) is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Dr. Dennis W. Cheek as its inaugural Executive Director. The NCN advances the skillful application of imagination, creativity, and innovation.  It enhances the flow of ideas, information, and practices between disciplines – and within and across regional coalitions – to positively transform education, commerce, culture and government across North America.

Cheek says of his appointment: “This is a wonderful opportunity to be integrally involved in an entrepreneurial nonprofit start-up that has enormous potential to positively influence regional, state, provincial, and national developments throughout North America. I look forward to continuing my work with the Board and our member organizations on the exciting prospects for imaginative ideas, creative solutions, and potent innovations that collectively lay before us.”

“We are pleased to have Dennis move from being a founding board member of NCN to its first Executive Director,” said George Tzougros, Board Chairperson of the National Creativity Network.  “His achievements, knowledge, experience and connections make him the perfect person to define this new position.  We know that his work with our board will extend NCN’s ability to connect people, exchange and enhance ideas, catalyze networks, and create meaningful change.”

Dr. Cheek brings a wealth of in-depth leadership experience across education, culture, commerce, and government sectors in the United States and globally. Most recently he was a co-founder and Visiting Professor at the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore Business School. While at ACSEP he played a key role in formulating criteria and overseeing the judging of the inaugural Charity Council Governance Awards 2012 for the Republic of Singapore that recognizes good governance practices among registered nonprofits.

Cheek has been a vice president at both the Ewing Marion Kauffman and the John Templeton foundations, administrator in the state education departments of NY and RI, state supervisor for nine area career and technical centers in RI, senior manager within Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), high school science department chair, and a teacher of science, social studies, and religious instruction in the USA, Germany, and the UK. He co-founded numerous nonprofits, including the international Campbell Collaboration and the NCN, as well as helping launch several research journals and various impactful projects. He has authored, edited, or contributed to over 800 publications and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition for his outstanding contributions to K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. He has taught or been a staff member at 12 higher education institutions in the USA, Belgium, Germany, and Singapore and given invited presentations at conferences, universities, and institutions worldwide. He has been a key advisor to the recently established Universitas Ciputra in Surabaya, Indonesia, an institution which focuses on increasing the number of Indonesian entrepreneurs.

Cheek has served on advisory committees, task forces, review panels, or consulted for various US federal and state agencies, ministries within several European and Asian countries, museums and cultural institutions, foundations, corporations, and nonprofits. He has worked and traveled extensively in 46 nations on five continents.


The National Creativity Network was launched in November 2010 and is dedicated to fostering imagination and creativity so North America can remain a leader in innovation, free enterprise, and democratic values. We believe the very future of our communities and institutions depends on our ability to nurture imagination and to harness creativity to solve existing problems and to generate new opportunities.  We do this by enhancing the flow of ideas, information, and practices across disciplines and especially among key centers of creativity in Education, Commerce, Culture, and Government.  For more information on the National Creativity Network, please visit


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