9 Doctorates Awarded in Philanthropic Studies

May 15, 2018       NPT Staff      

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind., has awarded nine doctorates in philanthropic studies, the largest number of doctorates to be presented at one time in the school’s history.

They are among 62 students earning Ph.D., Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts degrees or graduate certificates in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

The school also awarded three honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Indiana University during the IUPUI commencement. They include:

* Dr. William Enright, founding Karen Lake Buttrey Director Emeritus of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. He is credited with creating a field of study focused on religion and philanthropy. Enright was instrumental in envisioning the institute, which he led for 10 years.

* Maureen Hackett, co-founder and president of the Hackett Family Foundation and a nationally-known advocate for effective philanthropy and mental health, is the former chair and a lifetime member of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Board of Visitors. Hackett and her husband established the nation’s first endowed chair in women’s philanthropy, the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy, at the school.

* Jerre Stead, executive chairman and co-chief executive officer of DTN, is a lifetime member of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Mary Joy Stead and their family, through the Stead Family Foundation, created the Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy at the school as part of their commitment to developing philanthropic leaders. Held by Dr. Pamala Wiepking, it advances global understanding of philanthropy across borders and within cultures.

“These leaders personify the meaning of philanthropy,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. “Although they are passionate about different aspects of philanthropy and approach their philanthropy differently, each exemplifies many of the best qualities of philanthropic leadership, and our students can learn much from them. We congratulate them and we thank them for their dedicated service to our students and our school.”

The 2018 graduates represent a wide range of experience from veteran philanthropic sector leaders completing graduate-level programs that expand their knowledge and enhance their careers and organizations to civically engaged undergraduates.

“We are pleased to have helped prepare these outstanding students to be the next generation of leaders in philanthropy,” said Patrick M. Rooney, executive associate dean for academic affairs at the school. “At a time when philanthropy’s future holds many exciting possibilities as well as significant uncertainty and challenges, it is good to know that future is in the hands of these thoughtful, innovative professionals and scholars. We look forward to seeing the ways they improve the world.”

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