College of Arts and Sciences Professor
Michael Bisesi, Director, Center for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management, and Deputy Executive Director, Institute of Public Service,
received the Spirit of Community Award for his many years of service to the
community. In addition to impacting the lives of thousands by preparing
graduate and undergraduate students to manage and lead nonprofit organizations,
Bisesi has been tireless in his personal, direct commitment to the community.
Examples include chairing the Public Policy and Community Building committees
of United Way of King County; chairing the Finance committee of the Workforce
Development Council of Seattle-King County; and serving as board vice-chair and
Finance committee chair for Washington Technology Center and board president of
501 Commons (formerly the Executive Service Corps of Washington).
frequent presenter at retreats for staff, management, and boards of directors,
Bisesi is known as much for his expertise in organizational development as for
his inspiration and motivation. He has led hundreds of planning and
development programs for community, business, professional, student, faculty,
and church groups throughout the United States and has taught and consulted in
Asia and Europe.
joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001. An active
scholar, he recently published “Compassion and Power: Religion, Spirituality, and Public Administration” (with Professor Russell Lidman)
in the International Journal of Public Administration.
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