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Institute for Nonprofits names new director

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Institute for Nonprofits at North Carolina State University has named Mary Tschirhart to serve as director, effective August 15.

Tschirhart, a former nonprofit executive, most recently has served as an associate professor of public administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Syracuse University and as director of the university’s Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute.

Among her early plans are getting to know North Carolina’s nonprofit community and its partners, including the business community, and disseminating research.

“There’s a lot of great research that’s going on at N.C. State that hasn’t been translated in a way that can be useful for nonprofit leaders,” she says. “So part of what we’ll be doing is making sure what we know is accessible and useful for nonprofit leaders.”

Tschirhart also plans to bring the university’s faculty together with nonprofit leaders to help address the sector’s technical assistance and leadership needs, she says.

Tschirhart has worked with nonprofits such as the American Society of Association Executives, and Young Audiences of Michigan, where she served as executive director.

Her research has addressed management and governance issues in the nonprofit sector, and on multi-sector collaboration.

“She has been a national leader in nonprofit research and brings a wealth of experience to her new role,” says Toby L. Parcel, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at N.C. State.  “She has excellent skills and experience for building the Institute into its full potential in the years to come.”

Tschirhart serves as vice president for North America for the board of the International Research Society for Public Management, and is chair of the Nonprofit Education Section of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

She also sits on the board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

“We have a unique role to play,” she says of her new endeavor. “By partnering with some other organizations, we’ll be able to strengthen the Institute and also the broader community.”

The Institute for Nonprofits, created in 2003 through a $1 million grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, which publishes the Philanthropy Journal, works to build the capacity of the state’s nonprofits.

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