Executive in Residence
Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy
BA, Wellesley College; MEd, University of Montana; EdD, University of Massachusetts
Elizabeth “ Betsy” Loughran serves as Executive in Residence for the graduate programs in Nonprofit and Philanthropy. Dr. Loughran spent a considerable portion of her career in the classroom having taught previously at the University of Massachusetts, Cambridge College, and Dartmouth College. She has also taught on the elementary and secondary school levels.
Presently, Dr. Loughran serves as a consultant for several nonprofits including the Association for Community Living, Belchertown Day School, Cancer House of Hope, Community Action, Community Enterprises, Grace House, HIV/AIDS Law Consortium, MCDI, Pre-school Enrichment Team, and Snow Farm.
Previously, Dr. Loughran was the President/CEO for the Center of Human Development in Springfield, MA, where she was responsible for the leadership of a system of 45 community based social service programs and an affiliated agency with 1700 staff and annual $55 million dollar budget. Dr. Loughran also served as director of operations and assistant executive director for the Center prior assuming the President’s role.
Dr. Loughran teaches the strategic management for nonprofits course. She also serves on the NMP advisory board. Dr. Loughran received her Ed. D from the University of Massachusetts, her M.Ed. from the University of Montana, and her baccalaureate from Wellesley College where she majored in History.
Ms. Loughran has participated in numerous professional and community organizations including service as a board member for the Martin Luther King Community Center, the UMASS Friends of the Fine Arts Center, Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Children’s’ League of Massachusetts, Mental Health Corporation of Massachusetts among others. She has received many awards including the Department of Mental Health: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Rights Award (1994), the Mary Killeen Bennett Award from Elms College (2004), Great Friend of Children Award from the Holyoke Children’s Museum (2004), the Richard Bond Award from the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers (2004) and Woman of the Year from the U.S. Postal Service of Springfield, MA (2005).
Ms. Loughran has published many journal articles, books, and professional papers in several fields.