Texas A&M University - Program in Nonprofit Management, Bush School of Government & Public Service

Address: 11051 Allen Building, 4220 TAMU, College Station, TX, 77843-4220

Description: The Bush School Nonprofit Management Program is dedicated to education, research, and outreach. The program offers several
opportunities to become involved in the Bush School, Texas A&M, and the community. Our education programs provide rigorous courses that engage students in discussion based classes. These courses balance a practical skills preparation and challenging curriculum with supportive faculty. The faculty are engaged in cutting edge research that cover a range of topics and inform our understanding of nonprofits and philanthropy. The program also develops research summaries that provide practical insight to policy makers, donors and nonprofit professionals. The outreach
activities support the effective management of nonprofit organization by bringing the most relevant research and scholarship to nonprofit professionals through workshops, seminars and conferences.

Research Specialties:  Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) with a track in Nonprofit Management, Executive Master of Public Service and Administration track in Nonprofit Management, Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Education Policy and Management (EDPM), Health Policy and Management (HPM), International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGO), Texas Nonprofit Sector, leadership, governance, organizational effectiveness, local grant making systems, philanthropic engagement, strategic management, Emerging Leaders.
 
Subject Terms: Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) with a track in Nonprofit Management, Executive Master of Public Service and
Administration track in Nonprofit Management, Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Education Policy and Management (EDPM), Health Policy and
Management (HPM), International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGO), Texas Nonprofit Sector, leadership, public service, governance,
organizational effectiveness, local grant making systems, philanthropic engagement, strategic management, Emerging Leaders.

NACC Representative: William Brown, Ph.D.
      
Representative Bio: William A. Brown is a professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and
holds the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship. He serves as the program director for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. He teaches
the Nonprofit Management, Social Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management and Capstone courses. His research focuses on nonprofit governance, strategy, and organizational effectiveness. He has authored numerous research articles, technical reports, and several
practice-oriented publications. Examples of his work include exploring the association between board and organizational performance and
developing the concept of mission attachment. Publication outlets include Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management &
Leadership, VOLUNTAS, International Journal of Volunteer Administration, and Public Performance and Management Review. He has completed an edited volume entitled Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches (Routledge, July 2013) with Chris Cornforth. A textbook
entitled Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations was published in March 2014 (Jones & Bartlett). Dr. Brown’s term on NACC board as
Secretary runs August 2016-2019.

Recent Research:

  • Texas Nonprofit Sector
  • Nonprofit Executive Time Allocation Patterns - The purpose of this study is to determine what a day entails for a typical executive of a nonprofit organization. Respondents answered two sections of questions about how their time was spent on a particular day. The first section of questions focused on time that was spent working alone. Questions in this section asked about twelve different categories of work to determine how much time was spent on each. The second section of questions asked about meetings. Questions in this section asked about the purpose of each meeting as well as the participants in the meetings.

Recent Projects:

  • Bush School Capstone Projects
  • Board Fellows - The Bush Board Fellows Program allows Bush School students to serve as a nonvoting board member for a local nonprofit organization. Students are able to attend board meetings, serve on committees, engage in discussions, and provide advice to the board and executives. This innovative program provides unparalleled access to how nonprofits really work. Students gain hands on executive board experience, the opportunity to engage and establish relationships with key members of the community and major organizations, and experiences that can be applied to future areas of employment. Current Bush Board Fellows Partner Organizations Include: United Way of the Brazos Valley, Bryan College Station Visitors & Conventions Bureau, The Arts Council of Brazos Valley, Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Emerging Leaders - That's Good Enough - The Emerging Leaders program is a professional development program for young leaders in public service careers. The program is suitable for professionals in the nonprofit sector, education, or state and local government who want to improve their leadership skills. The program includes a three-day in-residence program with other professionals. Students participate in leadership self-assessment, professional development planning, and dynamic workshops. Students gain a better understanding of their leadership skills and the challenges of nonprofit management, and receive support to improve their leadership capabilities.