Drury launches Master of Nonprofit & Civic Leadership degree program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 21, 2015 — Drury University will soon begin offering a new graduate degree for professionals seeking to enhance their skill sets in the nonprofit and civic sectors.

The Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership is a unique offering in a community where nonprofit organizations employ about half of all private workers and play an integral role in tackling pressing issues such as poverty, healthcare and education. The program aims to truly enhance the quality of life in the Ozarks by preparing emerging and mid-level leaders for executive service in these key institutions.

The degree takes full advantage of Drury’s highly interdisciplinary approach to education, bringing together academic resources from across campus and drawing upon the university’s longstanding commitment to civic engagement. It also harnesses the expertise of leaders from the Ozarks’ political, economic and cultural spheres, who will act as guest lecturers and mentors as well as facilitate exclusive internship opportunities. A key element of the program will be collaborative efforts between students and Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which conducts research, training and networking for nonprofits in the region under director Dan Prater.

Classes begin in January. The 30-credit-hour program (10 courses) will focus on areas such as leadership, strategic planning, advocacy, resource management and governance. Designed with working professionals in mind, courses will be offered in a format that blends online and seated evening classes.

“When all of your training is on the job, then you really lose time,” says Debi Meeds, CEO of the United Way of the Ozarks, and supporter of the program. “And it is detrimental to the organization you’re leading. It’s important that you come to an organization with a professional level of knowledge, because then you can move that organization forward.”

“I never worry about the passion,” says Brian Fogle, president/CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which has supported Drury’s nonprofit training programs, conferences and studies to strengthen the sector. “But I think we can do a better job of providing that skill set that is needed.”

“There is no other graduate program in the region with a twin emphasis on effective leadership and harnessing the power of the nonprofit sector to enhance life in our community,” says Dr. Charles Taylor, professor of communication and director of the new program.

Drury is offering the first credit hour free (a $444 value) for those who enroll now. For more information, visit: www.drury.edu/ncl. To receive the discount, applicants will enter the code MNCL when completing the online application.

For more information, contact: Dr. Charles Taylor. Office: (417) 873-7391; email: ctaylor@drury.edu.