Brent Never, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nonprofit Leadership
305C Bloch Heritage Hall
Areas of expertise: Nonprofit leadership, impact of economy on the capacity and efficacy of nonprofit organizations
Brent Never (Ph.D., Indiana University) is an Associate Professor of Nonprofit Leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. His research considers the spatial and geographic implications of a decentralized human service system. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial regression methods, he has worked to identify communities underserved by human services. He has also worked to highlight clusters of financially distressed nonprofit organizations, those most likely to go out of business in the near future raising the question as to who is served by financially 'sick' human service providers.
Never is currently co-editing (with Brenda Bushouse (University of Massachusetts) and Robert Christensen (University of Georgia)) a special issue of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly highlighting the intersection of nonprofit studies and the work of his mentors, Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. He has published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Voluntas, and Nonprofit Policy Forum. In addition, Never regularly writes for the practitioner audience in the Nonprofit Quarterly.
Never's research has been funded by national and regional foundations. He was a Fulbright Scholar (2003-04 to Benin and 2007 to Northern Ireland), and in 2011-2013 was awarded a Young Scholar Research Grant from the Kresge Foundation.
Never teaches courses in research methods, public policy analysis, program evaluation, and public-private partnerships. He teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration, Executive Master of Public Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Business Administration programs. He has earned the Elmer F. Pierson Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Bloch Student Award for Impactful Teaching.
Never serves the nonprofit research community as a Track Chair for the ARNOVA Annual Meeting (2014 and 2015), a member of the Executive Committee for the Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section, and is a frequent manuscript reviewer for journals and book publishers.
Never enjoys serving the regional nonprofit community as a Senior Fellow at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. His work includes executive board training, strategic planning, and program evaluation services. He has also served the City of Kansas City as a member of the Citizens' Commission on Municipal Revenue and Mayor Sly James' Challenge Cabinet.