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Michael Kumer
Michael Kumer




Michael Kumer is the Executive Director of Duquesne University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) and Associate Dean of the University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.

Since assuming the directorship of the NLI, Michael has helped nonprofit boards successfully achieve excellence in all areas of governance, including strategic planning, board member recruitment, and effective board structures. An exceptional facilitator, he is often called upon to help organizations achieve consensus.

Due to his reputation as an enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring speaker, Michael’s presentations on nonprofit excellence are much in demand. These programs have enjoyed a cumulative enrollment of thousands of board members, staff and volunteers representing hundreds of nonprofit agencies. He is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of board leadership at local, regional and national conferences.

Michael serves as Program Director for Duquesne’s Master of Science in Community Leadership degree program, offered by the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. This program can be completed entirely online and is available to practitioners of nonprofit leadership throughout the world.

In addition to the knowledge he imparts on current trends in nonprofit leadership, Michael enjoys sharing the wealth of personal experience he has accumulated as a board or advisory council member for several nonprofit organizations, including the Allegheny County Library Association, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Music for All, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Youth Education in the Arts. He is a past Board Chair of the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.