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The Institute for Nonprofit Administration & Research Announces New Executive Director

August 20, 2019
Dr. S. Greg Thompson

SHREVEPORT, LA- The Institute for Nonprofit Administration & Research (INAR) at Louisiana State University in Shreveport has announced the appointment of its new Executive Director, Dr. S. Greg Thompson.

Dr. Thompson has worked with numerous professional nonprofit associations including the American Cancer Society, the Boy Scouts of America, Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children, and other smaller grassroots causes, which he helped launch. In addition to his leadership experience in the nonprofit arena, Dr. Thompson served in faculty and administrative roles at the University of Kentucky, Berea College, Lamar University, and McNeese State University.

He most recently led nonprofit and family support initiatives in Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX and the surrounding region through collaborations between agencies such as the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center, Family Services of Southeast Texas, and the Better Business Bureau. Dr. Thompson is enthusiastic about the key role INAR has in the state, noting its ability to enhance nonprofits' capacity to thrive.

"It is clear that INAR has developed an exceptional MS Nonprofit Administration program, as well as other rich educational opportunities that help nonprofit professionals become better assets to the causes with which they are employed," Thompson said. "The recent accreditation for the MS program awarded by NACC (Nonprofit Academic Centers Council) affirms that."

Dr. Thompson spoke of his appreciation for the individuals who helped establish the Institute, and who have been instrumental in helping it grow into the well-regarded academic and research hub for LSUS that it is today. In fact, it is the only unit of its kind in the state of Louisiana.

"The research component of the Institute has become the go-to for a broad array of organizations in the region seeking to implement research activities critical to their accountability and success," Thompson said. "So, I am honored and thrilled to have been invited to help take the Institute's impact on good works and good causes to the next level."

Dr. Thompson believes that the institute has flourished through the leadership of highly competent people, namely Stacey Hargis, Dr. Helen Wise, and the Institute's founder, Dr. Norman Dolch. He states that it is not lost on him that he has some big shoes to fill, and he is indebted to Dean Peter Siska and the search committee for the confidence they have placed in him.

INAR will continue under Ms. Hargis' leadership as she shifts more of her focus to the internal operations of the research component, while Dr. Wise will continue to provide support from her academic home in Sociology. Dr. Dolch, though retired, will stay on as an adjunct instructor and a member of INAR's curriculum committee, and Rachel Taylor will manage their call center. In addition to Dr. Thompson's appointment, the Institute announced the hiring of Dr. Eva Johnson earlier this year to lead the master's program.

Dr. Thompson plans to spend time convening small groups of nonprofit executives and members of the philanthropic community, and use insights from those meetings to develop a new strategic plan for the Institute that is both pragmatic and visionary. He will also lend his support to the BS in Nonprofit Administration proposal submitted earlier this year to the Louisiana Board of Regents. Once approved, it is designed to allow students to complete their degree completely online.

"Dr. Wise made an effective case for how the degree program, once implemented, will fill multiple voids. The Institute already offers a certificate program, as well as a minor that complements other undergraduate degree programs at LSUS, and of course, the master's program," Thompson said. "Added to that, there are human services and similar programs that are offered by a variety of two-year institutions locally and throughout the state, and our BS program will become a natural option for those associate degree graduates to consider."

Dr. Thompson holds a PhD in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Science in Human Services from Murray State University. He is married to Teresa Thompson, who is an RN with extensive experience in kidney dialysis nursing. She expects to begin work soon with the Willis-Knighton Medical Center. They have one adult son who resides in the Houston area.

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Media Contact: Wendell Riley, Director of Media and External Relations wendell.riley@lsus.edu 318-797-5108

 
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