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Jeannie Fox Named New Nonprofit Management Program Director


Hamline University School of Business welcomes Jeannie Fox as professor of practice and the new director of its Nonprofit Management Program. Fox succeeds Associate Professor Rob Routhieaux who served in the role for four years. Dr. Routhieaux will return to teaching full-time in the School of Business.

"I was drawn to Hamline due to its cross-sector approach in training new leaders to solve community and global problems. I believe my experience as a nonprofit and government professional, often partnering with the private sector, exemplifies this model,” Fox said. “With nonprofits employing 10% of the workforce and over $3 trillion in total assets nationwide, this growing sector will provide ample opportunities for Hamline's graduates.” 

Fox brings years of experience and high visibility in both the nonprofit and government sectors to her new role. Most recently, she served as chief of staff for Mark Ritchie, Minnesota’s secretary of state. Before her work in government, Fox spent the vast majority of her career in nonprofits, including roles as deputy public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, board member at Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, and director of program and policy development as well as director of residential services at Guild Inc

"As the nonprofit sector has grown, it has been increasingly important to develop leaders with the broadest possible understanding of the policy, management, finance and community development issues facing nonprofit organizations," Jon Pratt, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, said. "Hamline University couldn’t have picked a more grounded professional than Jeannie Fox to head the Nonprofit Management Program. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is more proud than ever to be a partner with the Hamline in this work -- and look forward to the potential for joint projects and programs."

Fox has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the University of Minnesota - Duluth Center of Advocacy and Political Leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and English from South Dakota State University; a Master of Education in Agency Counseling and Student Services from University of North Texas; and a Mini MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

“The model of ‘charity’ is an outdated notion of how nonprofit organizations operate in today's world. Nonprofits have a legal, corporate structure and exist to fill a void left unmet by the private and public sectors,” Fox said. “Hamline's programs are part of training leaders for the new nonprofit economy which is extensive, complex and robust."

Under Rob Routhieaux’s leadership, Hamline’s nonprofit minor at the undergraduate level has tripled in size. In addition, Rob initiated improvements to the master's degree, including transitioning the research methods course to a performance measurement and evaluation approach that is increasingly being used by nonprofits. He also spearheaded the effort to bring the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential to Hamline in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.