President Heckler participates actively on numerous national and regional higher education boards and commissions. Among his appointments:
- Chair of the New American Colleges and Universities
- Member of the Commission on Effective Leadership for the American Council on Education
- Co-Director of the Leadership Institute of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education
He sits on the executive committees of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, Indiana Campus Compact, and serves on the board of the NCAA Division I Horizon League and the NCAA FCS non-scholarship Pioneer League.
He is a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops, including recent presentations at the American Council on Education, the Association of Governing Boards, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America.
A past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, President Heckler co-founded the association’s annual Leadership Institute and has fulfilled several leadership roles in the organization. He has served on the boards of a number of theatres, festivals and arts organizations.