School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

Brian Flanagan, MPA '09

Associate Director
Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies

Brian Flanagan Brian Flanagan earned his MPA from Grand Valley State University in 2009, with concentrations in public management and urban and regional policy. The education Brian received greatly enhanced his understanding of organizational theory, strategic planning, budgeting, and leadership - all areas of knowledge he was able to put immediately to use in the workplace. Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, where Brian serves as associate director, named him program director of its growing Cook Leadership Academy. In his new role, Brian works with 45 student leaders and faculty members across the university. He is charged with giving the young program greater shape and stature, and building it into a preeminent center for the development of leadership. In the past year, Brian has presented papers at two scholarly conferences and at events in West Michigan. He taught a leadership workshop series on campus, and co-authored a chapter for the forthcoming Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (Sage, 2010). Brian also joined the adjunct faculty in Grand Valley's School of Public and Nonprofit Administration. He will be teaching an undergraduate course on leadership dynamics in winter 2011.

"My graduate education at Grand Valley raised my professional competence and confidence exponentially. After building an undergraduate foundation in the liberal arts, I was thrilled to get an education in the professional arts of organization theory, budgeting, strategy, and leadership. The program opened my eyes to the intricacies of community and economic development and to the vital importance of cooperation across sectors and civil society. I found the faculty to be extraordinarily insightful and accessible. I gained a body of knowledge that informs my daily work, a credential that has opened new doors, and a network of colleagues who are dedicated to serving communities."

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