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LSUS Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research Introduces New MSPNA Director

June 04, 2021

The LSUS Institute for Nonprofit Administration & Research is pleased to announce Dr. Heather Carpenter as the new Director for the Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration (MSPNA) program. The MSNPA program is a professional development degree for middle and upper-level administration in nonprofit organizations. Dr. Carpenter brings a wealth of nonprofit administration education experience to help build upon this growing 100% online program.

Dr. Carpenter embraces building and managing nonprofit academic programs, hiring and managing an equitable talent pool of professors, and establishing high-impact learning experiences for students. Her expertise is creating community-centered programs, which includes developing course learning outcomes and assessments that meet credit-hour and accreditation requirements.

Previously serving as Director of Nonprofit and Philanthropy Programs at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU), Dr. Carpenter aligned degree programs to Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) curricular guidelines and created a post-baccalaureate and master's degree in philanthropy.

Before Notre Dame, she served as Assistant Professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University, where she developed and taught courses in a new Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree program and also created and implemented a marketing and social media plan that enhanced the visibility of the department and its academic programs.

Dr. Carpenter has taught over 70 in-person, hybrid, and online courses in the subject areas of nonprofit administration and leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, specializing in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership from the University of San Diego. Her Master of Management in Nonprofit Administration is from North Park University and Bachelor of Business Administration is from San Diego State University. She is also a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Before pursing her Ph.D., Dr. Carpenter oversaw the operations of several nonprofit organizations in California and Illinois and ran a popular blog focused on nonprofit operations.

She is the co-author of the following books: Nonprofit Crisis Management: Response to COVID-19 and The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations. She is also co-editor of the Teaching Nonprofit Management textbook, and has published articles on talent management, experiential education, nonprofit and philanthropic studies, and nonprofit leadership.

Dr. Carpenter currently serves as Associate Editor of Case Studies for the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, Board Treasurer for the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, "an international membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, voluntary action, and/or philanthropy" and she served on the task force to launch NACC accreditation for stand-alone nonprofit academic programs. She also serves as a Leap Ambassador, a national community of leaders who believe performance matters and provides a social-sector excellence framework.

Her husband is a commercial pilot for Spirit Airlines, and they have a nine-year-old daughter.

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