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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

State and Local Policy Program

Friends + Supporters

The Gross Family

Bert & Susan Gross, Hunter Gordon
(left to right: Bert and Susan Gross, 2012-2013 Bert and Susan Hill Gross Fellowship recipient Hunter Gordon)

To acknowledge the commitment of Philip Gross to the University of Minnesota, his family established an endowment at the Humphrey School to support wide-ranging work on nonprofit management. The endowment serves as the programmatic anchor for the PNLC, supporting teaching, research, and outreach activities.

The endowment also funds the Gross Family Professorship in the Management of Nonprofit Organizations, which serves as an academic anchor for the center. Melissa Middleton Stone currently holds the Gross Professorship. She conducts research and teaches courses on public and nonprofit management and cross-sector collaboration.

Bert and Susan Hill Gross

Because of their unwavering commitment to excellence in education, research, and scholarship, Bert and Susan Hill Gross established both an endowment (Bert and Susan Hill Gross Endowment) and fellowship fund (Bert and Susan Hill Gross Fellowship Fund). The endowment supports convening activities with the community conducted by the center. The fellowship supports a graduate assistant in his/her studies and research.

The 2014-2015 Gross Family Fellowship recipient is Elizabeth "Liz" Harens, an MPP student and graduate assistant with the PNLC.

The Cowles Family

To support their active engagement in promoting public information about policy issues, the Cowles Family (through a past gift from John and Elizabeth Bates Cowles) endowed the Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service. The endowment supports the work of Professor Joe Soss, a leading scholar on the reformed U.S. welfare system.

Thomas Swain and Fellows

July 2011: A group of current and past Swain Fellows and Humphrey faculty and deans join Thomas Swain (center) in celebration of his 90th birthday.

Thomas H. Swain

To honor this public servant’s 80th birthday, friends established the Thomas H. Swain Fellowship in Public Leadership at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The scholarship is awarded to students entering the Master of Public Affairs program who intend to study civic engagement or public leadership.

The 2011-2012 Swain Fellows are: Karla Bigham, Matthew Johnson, and Tracy Moore. The 2010-2011 Swain Fellows are: Moxamuud Abdallah, Ahmed Sirleaf, and Martha Hernandez Martinez.

Dick Graham

To honor the leadership of Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors (DARTS) founder and president Dick Graham, friends and DARTS board members created a fellowship for nonprofit leaders. The Graham/DARTS Fellowship for Studies in Nonprofit Leadership provides financial support for a mid-career Master of Public Affairs student with a demonstrated commitment to community-based nonprofit leadership.

The 2011-2012 DARTS Fellow is Maria Cote; the 2010-2011 Fellow is Robert Pickering.


Bert and Susan Gross are generous in their support for the center.

Contact Public + Nonprofit Leadership Center

Humphrey Center
University of Minnesota
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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