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William Jewell adopts major in nonprofit leadership
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
April 26, 2007

A new major in Nonprofit Leadership has been approved by the faculty at William Jewell College, a national liberal arts college located in Liberty, Mo.

The new major will be an in-depth course of study requiring 46 hours of course work with internships, field study and service requirements. The major will allow Jewell students to fulfill all of the nonprofit competencies established by American Humanics, a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations established to educate and certify leaders for the nonprofit sector. Although the new major is at an undergraduate level, it will also meet curricular guidelines for graduate study in philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and nonprofit leadership established by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

“Based on the success of William Jewell’s American Humanics program and nonprofit minor, we are poised to take the next step of implementing a nonprofit major,” said Dr. John Westlie, dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Westlie pointed out that Jewell’s American Humanics students have won one of the top four awards given at the American Humanics Management Institute in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Only two other schools (Arizona State University and the University of Houston) have equaled this level of achievement over the past five years.

“The major is a natural fit for William Jewell,” Dr. Westlie said. “It underscores the college’s mission of cultivating leadership, service and spiritual growth.”

William Jewell’s new interdisciplinary major in Nonprofit Leadership is designed to prepare students for careers in the nonprofit sector. The major, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree, builds on the college’s core curriculum and the current nonprofit minor.

“For over 158 years, Jewell has attracted students with a passion for service and meeting the needs of others, and this major falls in line with that tradition,” said Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell. “We are excited about what the major in nonprofit leadership will offer our students, but it is even more exciting to consider who will be served by our students who complete this major. Kansas City is already recognized as a national center for philanthropy and we believe that Jewell, as the region’s only national, private liberal arts college, is poised to bring important support and resources to a thriving and growing nonprofit sector.”

The demand for workers in nonprofit organizations is expected to increase in the coming years. During the next 30 to 40 years, $6 trillion in charitable bequests will flow to the nonprofit sector as wealth is transferred from the baby boom generation to its heirs, according to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Between 1993 and 2003 the nonprofit sector grew by 68%--the fastest rate of growth in all business sectors.

More than 90 colleges and universities now offer formal programs—whether master’s degrees or concentrations—focusing on nonprofit management, according to Roseanne M. Mirabella, a Seton Hall University researcher who has been documenting the growth of such efforts. More than 240 institutions offer at least one course in the subject.
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