Executive Director

Kevin J. Spence, PhD has been appointed and is honored to serve as the Executive Director of the Delaware League of Local Governments, effective September 5, 2023.

Dr. Spence is the Executive Director of the Delaware League of Local Governments (DLLG), where he recommends to the Executive Committee, Legislative Advocacy Committee and the Members at large policies that affect local government. He also advocates legislative priorities on behalf of the DLLG.

Spence is a member of the National League of Cities, International City/County Management Association and City Management Association of Delaware. Spence, in 2022, was awarded a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration specializing in International Education at Kent State University. Spence’s dissertation included research on the educational policies in Cuba and conducting research in authoritarian regimes.

Spence has taught in three overseas universities and three universities in the United States. He served in two international leadership positions: NAFSA – Association of International Educators Indiana State Representative for Region VI and Comparative & International Education Society Chair of the Latin America Special Interest Group. Spence is a former U.S. Department of State Virtual Foreign Service E-Intern (Cuba Economic Baseline Study) and English Language Fellow Alumni Ambassador. He is a veteran ESL and EFL instructor with extensive overseas living, working, grant-writing and teacher-training experience in Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Colombia, and Cuba.

An alumnus of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, Spence served as a print news reporter in New York City, and in Delaware where he covered local politics and government and statehouse legislation. He has a master’s degree in TESL from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of South Florida.

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