Grand Valley State University - School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

Address: 401 W. Fulton St. 250C, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Description: Grand Valley State University is one of the nation's premier Carnegie classification Master's Large institutions of higher education grounded in the tradition of liberal education. It is a community of diverse, committed scholars engaged in collaborative, lifelong learning to achieve acknowledged academic excellence and positive community impacts. GVSU has more than 200 areas of study, including 81 undergraduate and 31 graduate programs that include over 70 areas of study including a Master of Public Administration with a nonprofit management concentration and a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and it now serves approximately 25,000 students.

Subject Terms: Nonprofit Administration, Philanthropy

NACC Representative: Michelle Wooddell, Ph.D.

Representative Bio: Dr. Michelle Wooddell earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Michigan, her masters of public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and her doctorate in political science, with an emphasis in public administration and nonprofit management from Wayne State University. She has extensive work experience in the nonprofit sector, including 11 years at the Detroit Historical Society where she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Comprehensive Campaign. In 2013, she formed her own firm, Cobblestone Solutions, LLC, to assist nonprofit organizations with projectbased fundraising, marketing and management needs. In August 2014, she joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) as an Assistant Professor in the School of Community and Public Service’s Department of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration. In 2016, she became the Program Coordinator for the Masters of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at GVSU. Her research interests include nonprofit management, the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors and fundraising efficacy.

Recent Projects:  www.whatisphilanthropy.org