The first members of the Belmont University Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership program graduated at summer commencement on Aug. 13. The Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership program was established as a cooperative relationship between the Belmont University Department of Education, under the leadership of Dr. Trevor Hutchins, associate dean of the Department of Education, and The Center for Nonprofit Management. The program educates nonprofit executives in Middle Tennessee who are committed to building strong nonprofits and stronger communities. The partnership guarantees students will have access to Middle Tennessee’s best experts and nonprofit professionals to direct courses and share their experiences.
Recent graduate, Sharon Hurt, who serves as the executive director of the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, said of her student experience, “I am extremely honored and excited that Belmont administrators and faculty recognized in me a natural desire to serve and equipped me through this program with principles and knowledge that makes me a bonafide ‘servant’ leader. My professors taught me that it was as important to be resilient, as much as it was to gain the knowledge. I am an ordinary person who accomplished an extraordinary thing. I believe and know that dreams do come true.”