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Leigh Hersey, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor and Director of Research, Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership



Leigh HerseyOffice: 130 McCord Hall
Office Phone: (901) 678-1754 
Fax: (901) 678-2981
E-mail: lnhersey@memphis.edu


Ph.D., 2009, Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ)

M.Ed., 1997, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

A.B.J., 1994, University of Georgia (Athens, GA)





Dr. Leigh Hersey joined the faculty of the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration in August 2009.She brings more than a dozen years of nonprofit fundraising experience, most recently with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. She continues building on her experience through her research on philanthropy. She was an active volunteer in the Phoenix community, serving on the Valley of the Sun Community Investment Panel and as a project leader with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. Dr. Hersey also served on the City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Commission, chairing the commission in 2004.

Dr. Hersey received her PhD in Public Administration from Arizona State University with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management. Her fundraising experience provides the foundation for her continuing research in philanthropy. She brings the nonprofit and public administration disciplines together through her research on the intersection of public and nonprofit organizations and her interest in the role nonprofits play in the public policy process.


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