UW Comm Alum Neil McReynolds’ Nonprofit Legacy Honored with Board Fellows Endowment
The Foster School of Business recognizes Department of Communication and School of Education alumnus Neil McReynolds and his wife Nancy McReynolds, an alumna of the Foster School, for their years of nonprofit and board service with a named Board Fellows Endowment. The fund will support the Board Fellows Program in the school’s Consulting & Business Development Center, which prepares MBA and MPA students for effective board governance through real-world board placement.
“The first couple of nonprofits” have spent decades serving on and consulting the boards of various organizations to ensure effective governance and maximize impact. Neil alone has been a member of nearly 50 boards, chairing the likes of Eastern Washington University, United Way of King County, Vision Services, the Museum of History & Industry and the Camp Fire youth development program. His leadership has enriched the Pacific Northwest with quality research, education, health and social service programs. Thus enshrining his ethos in an educational program that nurtures future civic and business leaders was a perfect fit.
“We were very pleased when the Foster School came to us with the idea because we feel very strongly about the role of nonprofits in our society and the need to prepare people for leadership roles,” Neil said.
To cultivate first-hand experience, the Board Fellows Program places graduate students in local nonprofits as non-voting board members while they receive classroom instruction. The mutually beneficial exchange provides the organizations with fresh ideas and resources and gives the students an insider perspective on the challenges and successes of effective governance. The Neil and Nancy McReynolds Board Fellows Endowment will grow the program by expanding placement opportunities and securing an excellent education for participants.
“I think the Communications Department should take credit [for the Endowment] since it prepared me for my multiple careers, including my nonprofit leadership work,” Neil concluded.