richard killingsworth

Richard Killingsworth

Richard Killingsworth, PhD

Director, Center for Public Private Partnerships in Health

Office Location:
023 Carpenter Sports Bldg.

Mr. Killingsworth is currently the Director of the Center for Public Private Partnerships in Health at the University of Delaware where he is also an Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences – Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. The Center was recently created to provide national leadership to enable and advance public private partnerships through facilitation, collaboration, and innovation for improved health outcomes.

Mr. Killingsworth has also served as the Chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Delaware Division of Public Health. He was also appointed to serve as the inaugural Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the congressionally-chartered National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He served as Deputy Director of Nemours Health and Prevention Services; Executive Director of the Harvest Foundation; Program Director of the Ruth Mott Foundation; National Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative – Active Living by Design; Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and National Wellness Coordinator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Mr. Killingsworth has served extensively on a wide range of Boards of Directors and National Advisory Groups including Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Partners for Livable Communities, and the City Parks Alliance. He has also served on the National Physical Activity Plan, Convergence National Partnership, League of American Bicyclists; Shaping America’s Health National Campaign; W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Food and Fitness Initiative; and YMCA – Activate America National Steering Committee.  He has also served as Chairperson of the New Castle County Planning Board in Delaware.

In 2015, he received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University School of Public Health. This is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition award bestowed to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career.  In 2012, Mr.Killingsworth received the Cadence Cycling Foundation’s highest award – the Maguire Award for leadership and service in advancing the mission of the Foundation. In 2002, he received the League of American Bicyclists highest award – the Paul Dudley White Award – for his work to promote bicycling and physical activity.


  • M.P.H., Public Health Education, Indiana University, 1988
  • B.S., Community Health Education, Indiana State University, 1987

Research, Policy and Practice Interests

  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Philanthropy and Public Health Impact
  • Food and Beverage Policy
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy
  • Community Design and Active Living
  • Youth Sports, Physical Activity and Physical Education Standards


  • BHAN 311, Issues in Health Behavior Science
  • HLPR 467/667, Trends and Best Practices in Public Health
  • HLPR 807, Topics and Issues in Health Promotion