After nearly eight years at the helm of Case Western Reserve University's Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Executive Director Susan Lajoie Eagan has resigned effective of June 30. John A. Yankey, the Leonard W. Mayo Professor Emeritus of Family and Child Welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been named part-time interim executive director and will serve through December.
"Susan Eagan has been a dynamic leader for the center, and her work has been an immense asset to the university community," says Deputy Provost Lynn Singer. "We're very fortunate that John Yankey has stepped in to this position, and we know that the center is in very good hands."
A national search will be initiated for a permanent executive director of the Mandel Center during the fall semester.
Yankey, who came to Case Western Reserve as a faculty member in 1973, participated in the establishment of the Mandel Center and previously served as its interim executive director and director of community services. Since his retirement in 2005, he has continued to teach a strategic planning course. He has authored dozens of management studies, publications and research reports.
Yankey will work with the Office of the Provost and key constituents to advance the Mandel Center as a university-level academic and research center.
During her leadership, Eagan helped to elevate the center's visibility and recognition as a leader in the field of nonprofit management education. She raised significant funds for a wide array of innovative programming, oversaw the opening of a new multi-million dollar building in 2007, established the center as the home of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, created endowed scholarships for nonprofit leaders, and collaborated with other organizations to increase aid to nonprofit agencies. Eagan also served in a variety of leadership positions within the sector, including as vice chair of the Foundation Center in New York, chair-elect of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and chair of the Women's Community Foundation.
"It has been an honor to serve as the executive director of one of the nation's premier nonprofit academic centers," Eagan said. "I have been fortunate to work with internationally-recognized faculty members and an outstanding staff in developing new programs, partnerships and resources in a period of tremendous growth and change for the field. The center would not be where it is today without the strong support of the university's leadership and the continued generosity and commitment of the Mandel family."
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