Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, where he has been pivotal in expanding Ashbrook into a national leader in offering history and civic education programs for students and teachers. He led the effort to create Ashbrook’s Master of Arts degree in American History and Government, both online and at Ashland University, as well as a variety of other programs for middle and high school history teachers to strengthen their understanding of American history and America’s founding principles.
In 2012, Beckett was appointed by the Ohio Legislature to be a member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, where he serves as the Chair of the Public Education and Information Committee. He a member of the Philadelphia Society, and he was a part of the 179th Airlift Wing Committee, a Mansfield, Ohio, community committee that successfully saved the base from closing during the Pentagon’s Base Realignment and Closing process in 2004. For two years, he served on the selection committee for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. He was also a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute.
Beckett has been quoted in articles about history and civics education in the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and many other newspapers across the country. He has also conducted dozens of radio interviews nationwide and his articles have appeared in numerous papers, including the Arizona Daily Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Fresno Bee, Las Vegas Review Journal, National Review Online, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Tampa Tribune, and The Washington Times.
He is a graduate of Ashland University and the Ashbrook Scholar program and received a Master of Arts in Social Studies Education from the Ohio State University. He received the James Madison Award from the Ashbrook Scholar Program and received a Mentor Award from Ashland University.
Roger is married to Danielle Beckett and has two daughters.