Upon discussions with an advisory community group that
included area foundations and MSU Texas, the Board of Directors of the
Nonprofit Center of Texoma (NPC) will transition NPC’s function to MSU Texas
effective January 1, 2019.
Kathy Kabell, NPC’s Chairman of the Board, said, “After much
discussion and reviewing options for a community partner, it was determined
that the mission of the NPC could be bolstered by this move of services to MSU
Texas’ Dillard College of Business Administration. The need for nonprofits to
have a source of educational opportunities that makes nonprofits stronger
compliments a new nonprofit minor, which the college will begin offering in the
spring of 2019. The similarities of NPC’s services and what the nonprofit minor
will offer are quite complementary.”
Suzanne Shipley, President of MSU Texas, said, “We are
grateful for the confidence placed in our university and look forward to
building upon a needed program for our community. Our new curriculum and our
strategic plan to engage with our community fully align with this transition.”
Enabled by support from The Priddy Foundation, MSU Texas is
launching a new minor in nonprofit management in 2019. Open to students from
all majors, the minor builds the financial and organizational skills needed to
lead in the nonprofit sector. Adding some of the training, tools, and consulting
activities formerly performed by the NPC creates new opportunities for MSU
Texas’ faculty, staff, and students to serve and engage with the community.
Bringing students and area nonprofits closer together
creates superior educational opportunities and new vibrancy. The Dillard
College of Business Administration will host the new nonprofit minor and
Nonprofit Center at MSU Texas. The college is currently interviewing candidates
for the new professor to lead the nonprofit program and is also beginning the
process to hire an assistant director for the Nonprofit Center.
The NPC originally began in 1981 at the North Texas Area
United Way. The Center was a collaborative partnership between Levi Strauss
(initial $25,000 funding), Junior League (resources) and MSU, with Dr. Louis J.
Rodriguez providing meeting space, and MSU professors to teach and facilitate
classes on campus.