Kerry Kuenzi

About Kerry

Kerry Kuenzi is an assistant professor in the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies at Georgia Southern university.  She received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver.  She also holds a Masters of Public Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado Denver.  Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science and Social Change and Development (emphasis Law and Justice) from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Her research interests include public and nonprofit management and leadership, collaborative governance, and networks.


Kerry’s interest in nonprofit management education stems from her experiences as a graduate student and as an instructor.  While a graduate student, her classmates’ main motivation for their degree was to use it as a pathway to executive positions in a competitive nonprofit sector.  Many had significant experience, but wanted the degree to improve their skills and help them to become more qualified for executive positions within their organizations.  On the other hand, her students lack many of the experiences of her former classmates, yet wanted their degree as a catalysts for jobs that work towards a cause and better the world around them.   Because of the lack in experience, she wants to ensure that their curriculum is adequately preparing her students with practical skills.  More information at: