Leaders, students celebrate first cohort of Nonprofit & Civic Leadership grads

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 27, 2017 — In 2015, Drury University introduced a unique master’s degree for professionals seeking to enhance their skills, insight, and leadership opportunities in the nonprofit and civic sectors. Now, nearly two years later, the first group of students is set to graduate with their Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership (MNCL) degrees.

Drury will mark this milestone with a special event next week featuring a panel discussion and showcase of student work in the field. The inaugural Capstone Poster Exhibition and Roundtable on the Future of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, at Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center. The event is open to the public.

The soon-to-be-graduates of the MNCL program will hold poster discussions of their capstone projects (done in collaboration with partner local organizations) beginning at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a slate of community leaders who have been involved with the MNCL program in various ways. Moderated by Dan Prater, Director of Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the discussion will explore the issues future civic and nonprofit leaders will need to address in order to enhance our quality of life in the Ozarks. Panelists include:

  • Amy Blansit, Founder, Drew Lewis Foundation at the Fairbanks
  • Barbara Brown-Johnson, Executive Director, Child Advocacy Center
  • Phyllis Ferguson, Zone 1 Member, Springfield City Council
  • Brian Fogle, President and CEO, Community Foundation of the Ozarks
  • Debi Meeds, President/CEO, United Way of the Ozarks
  • Mark Struckhoff, Executive Director, Council of Churches of the Ozarks

“The MNCL program has seen a tremendous response from both students seeking to further their careers and nonprofit and civic leaders in the area who have served as guest lecturers and project partners,” said Prater, who is also an instructor in the program. “We’re extremely proud to present these graduates and their work to the community that has been so supportive of our program.”

For more information about the Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership degree program, visit www.drury.edu/mncl or contact Dr. Charles Taylor, professor of communication, at (417) 873-7391 or ctaylor@drury.edu.

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