Habitat for Humanity CEO to deliver Elder Lecture on April 4

Jonathan Reckford has been CEO of the global Christian housing organization since 2005 and has overseen its expansive global growth.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, will deliver the James P. Elder Lecture on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Whitley Auditorium.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global Christian housing organization that has helped more than 46 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes. Since Reckford took the organization’s top leadership in 2005, local Habitat organizations in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries have grown from serving 125,000 individuals each year to helping more than 7.1 million people build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Reckford is the chair of Leadership 18, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Global Future Council on the Future of Cities for the World Economic Forum, and a board member of the Barron Collier Companies. Named the most influential nonprofit leader in America in 2017 by The NonProfit Times, Reckford is the author of “Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World.”

The annual lecture is named in honor of James P. Elder, who served on the history faculty of Elon from 1963 to 1973 and served as an advisor to the Liberal Arts Forum, which he founded as an undergraduate. Thirty years after he left Elon for the Folger Library in Washington, D.C., a group of Forum alumni established an endowed lectureship in Elder’s honor. More than 150 former students and friends have contributed to the Elder Lectureship in tribute to Elder’s example of faculty-student engagement.

Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets are now available.