Dr. Tosha Cantrell-Bruce
Dr. Tosha Cantrell-Bruce is a professor of nonprofit management and public administration. She joined Texas A&M Bush School Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy in 2000. She teaches in the Executive Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership programs. Dr. Cantrell-Bruce has earned the Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate and teaches various nonprofit and public administration courses on leadership, management, organizational dynamics, public policy, human resource management, marketing, grant writing, and capstone.
Dr. Cantrell-Bruce has over 20 years of professional and teaching experience in public service. She combines this experience in her research and teaching experiential approaches. Her research has been published in the Journal of Nonprofit Education & Leadership and the Journal of Public Affairs Education.
She is a current member of the American Evaluation Association, the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action, American Society for Public Administration.
Dr. Cantrell-Bruce received her Doctor and Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield and her Bachelor of Science from Millikin University. She has presented her research on nonprofit evaluation at multiple national and state conferences.
In addition to the Bush School at Texas A&M University, she is affiliated with Northeastern University, Valdosta State University, University of Southern Indiana, and Purdue Global.
Dr. Kenneth Anderson Taylor
Dr. Kenneth Anderson Taylor is an Associate Professor of the Practice, the Director of Outreach and Professional Development at the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and holds the Younger-Carter Endowed Practitioner-in-Residence. In 2018, the TAMU College of Architecture appointed Dr. Taylor as a Faculty Fellow within its Center for Health Systems & Design.
Dr. Taylor’s primary faculty responsibilities encompass teaching a variety of nonprofit management, leadership theory, and social justice courses. In the past, Dr. Taylor has served as a co-faculty within the Agricultural Leadership and Development program (TAMU College of Agriculture & Life Sciences) and has accompanied students to Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece, to explore various leadership models. Per his Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy duties, Dr. Taylor enjoys working in Texas and beyond with nonprofit organizations, where he truly gets to utilize his former experience as a nonprofit executive and work with leaders on various professional development opportunities.
Dr. Taylor earned his MBA from Bellarmine University’s Rubel School of Business and holds a BA in sociology from the same institution. His Ph.D. in leadership studies is from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. His dissertation research focused on the link between leader behavior within nonprofit organizations and its impact on employee job satisfaction.
Before arriving in College Station, Dr. Taylor founded and launched the Nonprofit Leadership Studies (formerly Youth and Nonprofit Leadership) program at Murray State University and held the appointment of Academic Program Director & Assistant Professor within its College of Health Science & Human Services.
As a practitioner, Dr. Taylor has over twenty years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. His self-defined career highlights include the twelve consecutive years he served Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the five years he spent as a self-employed nonprofit consultant. Dr. Taylor is also a State of Texas Credentialed Mediator.
Dr. Taylor defines being in service of Texas A&M University as an “honor” and is here to mightily contribute to the school’s commitment to President George H. W. Bush’s philosophy of educating principled leaders for public service.
Carme Williams is the President and CEO of WilliamsCL Consulting, LLC., and a Senior Consultant with Washburn & McGoldrick, LLC. Carme has been a leader in the corporate and nonprofit community for almost three decades.
Carme has been in higher education advancement work at Rice University, Houston Community College Foundation, and Prairie View A&M University. Carme was at Rice University as a Regional Major Gifts Director of Development and School of Humanities Director of Development during the $1 billion Centennial Campaign. Carme managed three Advisory Boards and helped create collateral material for the School of Humanities funding priorities.
During her time at Houston Community College Foundation, Carme secured a historic gift of $7.5 million for a new Fire Fighter Academy, increased the number of scholarships awarded three-fold and restructured the foundation, increasing the endowment by 20%. Under her leadership, the board of directors developed an intentional focus on securing resources for the Chancellor’s priorities.
In 2018, Carme became the Vice President of Development for Prairie View A&M University, where she reorganized to create a university fundraising plan and stewardship plan, which all yielded annual 30% to 48% increases in philanthropic support.
Carme is also experienced in alumni relations, donor relations, principal and major gift and stewardship programs, dean development, board development, and communications.
Carme received a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and earned her Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate in 2009. Carme currently serves on the North Carolina State Steering Committee for Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy, chairing the Philanthropy Committee. Carme is an ALF Senior Fellow, a board member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, Houston Public Library Foundation, African American Development Officers, and is on the faculty at the Rice University Center for Nonprofit Leadership.