December opened with the warm hospitality of our colleagues at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals’ Al-Fozan Academy as Professor Shariq Siddiqui and I participated in the 8th Non-profit Sector Development Forum in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, titled “Knowledge Management and Impact in the Non-profit Sector.” We welcomed Peter Hoskow as a new member of our Board of Visitors.
We also shared milestones for our school’s faculty. We celebrated the retirement of Professor Julie Hatcher whose pioneering work on service learning and the philanthropic studies curriculum helped set the DNA for our enterprise. And we extended congratulations as well to Kirsten Grønbjerg, Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at our school and groundbreaking researcher in mapping and understanding the nonprofit sector, who was named a Distinguished Professor by Indiana University. Julie and Kirsten are each among the most respected leaders and scholars in their fields.
While in the Bay Area, I met with Board of Visitors member Loren Harris, The Fund Raising School’s longtime faculty member Janice Gow Petty, Linda Baker of the Packard Foundation, Kimberly Myers Hewlett of Stanford University, as well as Stephanie Gillis of the Raikes Foundation and Jane Wales, founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
I had a productive meeting with Dean Lisa Brooks of Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts to discuss a possible joint program for Butler students with our school. During December, our staff demonstrated laudable flexibility by working from home or in temporary spaces as we undertook a thorough reconfiguration of our space to create six new offices and more room for growth. As the year closed amidst holiday celebrations, the progress of the renovations promised to have the space ready just in time for the start of classes in 2019!
Eugene R. Tempel Dean