Boone Center For The Family Welcomes New Executive Director

Ken Canfield

The Pat and Shirley Boone Center for the Family at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology is pleased to announce the appointment of its new executive director, Ken R. Canfield, Ph.D. Having extensive experience in working to improve family well-being, Canfield will replace founding director Dennis Lowe, Ph.D., who will continue as psychology professor and the M. Norvel and Helen Young Chair in Family Life at Pepperdine University.

After a national search, the Boone Center is delighted to have selected Canfield to lead programming, community networking, fundraising, and the development of research in a new era of outreach and growth. Canfield brings more than 30 years of experience to this assignment. He has founded or been a founding member of several organizations dedicated to strengthening families and fathers, most notably the National Center for Fathering where he served as president for 16 years. Canfield was the director/cofounder of the International Family Center, where he developed family-life education modules for churches and community groups. He has testified to the National Commission of Children, served as a founding member of former vice president Al Gore’s “Father to Father” initiative and was honored with the Father of the Year award by the National Congress for Men and Children.

Canfield holds a Ph.D. from Kansas State University, a master’s from the University of British Columbia, Regent College, and a B.A. from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He has authored several award-winning texts, including 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers, and The Heart of a Father. His work has appeared in numerous articles in both popular and educational journals and magazines.

On March 25, Pat and Shirley Boone hosted a formal event to mark the introduction of Canfield. Dean Margaret Weber shared her enthusiasm for what Canfield will bring to the Boone Center and her appreciation for Dennis Lowe’s service over the past 10 years. Pat Boone and U.S. senator Sam Brownback spoke about the need to strengthen families in our nation, and Canfield outlined the essential steps in establishing a world-class Center for the Family at Pepperdine University.

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