HPU Nonprofit Programs Enjoy Legacy Of Excellence, Look To The Future

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 14, 2009 ? Faculty and students in High Point University?s Nonprofit Management master?s and undergraduate programs are part of a special tradition ? the university has been offering nonprofit courses since 1965, and a tradition of excellence is helping propel the programs into the future.
The nonprofit program has since developed into an undergraduate major and minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Management ? and since 2001, the university has offered a graduate program in Nonprofit Management. Ninety-two students have received the master?s degree since the program?s inception just eight years ago.
The graduate program is particularly unique, as it has a comprehensive curriculum and is one of only two Nonprofit Management master?s programs in the Southeast United States ? the other institution offering it is the University of Georgia. Only 17 such programs exist in the United States.
“There is a strong need for nonprofit staff to develop the skills, knowledge and expertise that are critical to their success in nonprofit management and leadership,” says David Walker, associate professor and director of the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management Program. “The program is designed to help managers and aspiring managers to become effective in their field and to successfully address challenges and issues that are salient to their organizations.”
“Because of the rapid growth in the number of nonprofit organizations and the impending retirement of current leaders in the field who are in the baby-boomer generation, nonprofit management is wide-open for career opportunities,” adds Dr. Christine Cugliari, assistant professor of human relations, sociology and nonprofit studies. “HPU graduates from the Master?s in Nonprofit Management program will be especially well suited to step into these management and leadership positions.”
HPU has been affiliated with the American Humanics program since American Humanics’ inception in 1975. The mission of American Humanics is to establish co-curricular education for students desiring to enter nonprofit professions. HPU was one of the first 16 institutions of higher education to be affiliated with the program; since 1990, 65 colleges and universities have been affiliated with American Humanics.
In 1997, the university received a $600,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to join its “Building Bridges Between Theory and Practice” initiative. One outcome of the grant was the establishment of The Southeast Center for Organizational Leadership (SOCOL) and, later, the creation of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at HPU. One of the center?s initiatives was the development of the master?s program in Nonprofit Management. In the fall of 1999, HPU requested and received a grant from the Zenon C.R. Hansen Foundation for $500,000 to support a faculty position in a new graduate program for nonprofit administration. In addition, the Hayden-Harman Foundation made possible a Nonprofit Leadership Enhancement Program, thanks to a challenge grant.
Now, faculty and local executive directors are looking forward to a new program that will begin in January – a six-month academy, entitled the Nonprofit Management Institute. The institute is an educational and training program designed to meet the professional development needs of local nonprofit professionals and maximize their impact in serving our community. Participants will focus on specific topics in nonprofit management and organizational development, which may be put to immediate use. These practical skills are designed to help participants enhance the capacity of their organizations.
The Nonprofit Management Institute is made possible through a collaborative effort of the Hayden-Harman Foundation, HPU, the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, High Point Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater High Point. It will be hosted and facilitated by HPU and the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium.
The Department of Human Relations, Sociology and Nonprofit Studies at HPU will provide a participatory hands-on training and development curriculum that will be utilized as the primary resource for the participants’ professional development experience. Classes will be taught by Pamela Palmer, nonprofit leadership and management professor, at the university?s state-of-the-art facilities.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.
Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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