Principal Specialist &
Consultant for Volunteerism

1065 Durham Lane
Nicholasville, KY 40356-9065
859.227-7506 (cell)
859.881-9115 (home)



Dr. Ken Culp, III has served as a Volunteerism Specialist in the Department of 4-H Youth Development at an 1862 land grant university since 1995.  He current provides direct support to 146 community volunteer administrators, who in turn utilize 19,815 adult and 4,489 youth volunteers across the Commonwealth.  The professional and volunteer staff collectively serve 233,271 youth in Kentucky.  He is responsible for volunteer program development, volunteer education and staff development in volunteerism.  He was a 4-H Educator and community volunteer coordinator in Whitley County, IN from 1988 – 1994.

A native of Rensselaer, IN, Dr. Culp received his B.S. and M.S. in Animal Sciences and his Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Administration, all from Purdue University. His dissertation was entitled “Factors affecting length of service of adult 4-H leaders in Indiana.”

Ken has more than 20 years experience in volunteer and nonprofit administration, volunteer development and service activities and leadership development. His research interests include volunteer recruitment, motivation, recognition and retention; trends in volunteerism, volunteer competencies, volunteer program effectiveness and leadership development. He also works as a private consultant and trainer in volunteerism for non-profit organizations and is a keynote speaker.

Ken has presented more than 300 papers, abstracts, workshops, seminars and invited presentations since 1996 in 36 states, Canada, Japan and South Korea. Additionally, he was presented professional development workshops at Land-Grant Universities for the Cooperative Extension Service in 15 states.

He has published 28 articles in professional journals, including the Journal of Extension, the Journal of Volunteer Administration, the Journal of Agricultural Education, the Journal of Leadership Studies and the Journal of Leadership Education. Ken is serving or has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Extension, the Journal of Volunteer Administration, the Journal of Leadership Education, the Journal of Agriculture Education and the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

He developed the University of Kentucky Volunteer Administration Academy (VAA). The VAA is a series of two, three-hour graduate courses designed to develop volunteer administrator’s professional skills and abilities. Finally, Dr. Culp was the principal investigator in a four year, national research project that developed the Volunteer Research, Knowledge & Competency Model which was adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture - CSREES.

Ken is a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (and serves on the Volunteerism Task Force), has served as Past-President, President, Vice President and Secretary of the International Association of Leadership Educators and is a member of the International Association of Volunteer Resources Managers and the Association for Research of Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Ken served for four years as a Commissioner on the Kentucky Commission of Community Volunteerism and Service. He previously served four years on the Ohio Governor’s Community Service & Volunteerism Council.

Ken and his wife Nancy are the parents of three beautiful daughters, Brittany, Kelsey and Laurel. Kelsey and her husband, Derek Evans, welcomed a daughter, Kennedy, July 14th, 2015. The Culp girls are active in 4-H and FFA and show Chiangus, Chimaine, Chiford and Maintainer cattle nationwide.