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Dr. Bernard Turner

Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship;
Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship bernard turner

Email: Dr. Bernard Turner

Education and Certifications

Ed.D. Leadership and Professional Practice
Trevecca Nazarene University

M.A. Philanthropy and Development
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

M.B.A. Organizational Administration
University of Toledo

B.S. Business Administration
Findlay College

Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Grant Professional Certified Designation (GPC)
Grants Professionals Certification Institute

Certificate of Completion
The Experiential Classroom IX – Reaching and Teaching Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs
Syracuse University

Certificate of Achievement
Executive Management Institute
Christian Brothers University - Memphis, Tennessee
Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Social Entrepreneurship; Program Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Belmont University

Associate Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Meharry Medical College

Chief Consulting Officer, Bernard Turner Consulting
Vice President, Fund Development, The New Hope Foundation, Inc./Priority Hospice Care, Inc.

Development Director, Comprehensive Care Center/Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Mid-South Minority Business Council

Director of Grant Development, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing,

Senior Program Officer, National Community AIDS Partnership (now the AIDS United),

Fund Distribution Manager & Grant Writing Specialist; Project Manager, AIDS Initiative, United
Way of Middle Tennessee

Business Management Consultant, Nashville Minority Business Development Center

Director of Marketing & Public Relations; Recruiter, JTPA Program, General Services & Products,

Methods Analyst; Personnel Specialist; Supervisor, Employment; and EEO Coordinator, Blue
Cross & Blue Shield of Northern Ohio

Project Coordinator, Industrial Sales Department, Dunbar Mechanical, Inc.


HBCUs: An Educational System at the Crossroads. Black Issues in Higher Education, Last
Word Article, August 23, 2001.

HBCUs: An Educational System at the Crossroads. ERIC (Educational Resources Information
Center) Database. Full Paper. 2001.

Grant Professionals as Social Entrepreneurs. Lead article for the Journal of the American Association of
Grant Professionals, Fall 2008, Vol. 6, No. 1.

Social Entrepreneurship and Higher Education, Tennessee Business, Vol. 20, No.1. (2011) Business &
Economic Research Center, Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University.

Teaching: A New Career, A New Journey. The Art of Teaching, Vol. 15, No. 2. Belmont University.
Recent Scholarship

• USASBE 2009 Annual Conference. Presentation Title: Development of an Undergraduate Curriculum in Social Entrepreneurship: An Interdisciplinary Model for Educating Future Social Entrepreneurs.

• Institute of International Education, 2009 Nashville Fulbright Enrichment Seminar Panel Discussion: Social Entrepreneurship: From Vision to Action.

• Institute of International Education, 2010 Nashville Fulbright Enrichment Seminar Panel Discussion: Global Challenges, Local Solutions: Fostering Change through Social Entrepreneurship

• 2010 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Critical Times Presentation Title: Social Entrepreneurship: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Educating Tomorrow’s Change Agents in the Social Sector.

• 12th Annual American Association of Grant Professionals Conference 2010. Presentation Title: Developing and Implementing a College Grant Writing Course: A Learning/Training Model for Replication.

• American Baptist College Community Breakfast 2011. Presentation Title: Sustaining A Nonprofit Like the Church in an Economic Recession: Faith & Finance.

• Christian Community Development Association 2012 Conference. Presentation Title: Social Enterprise: Innovation, Impact & Sustainability.

• 2013 Gulf South Summit Conference. Presentation Title: Utilizing Service-Learning as an Effective Pedagogy for Teaching Social Entrepreneurship.

• 16th Annual Grant Professionals Association Conference 2014. Presentation Title: Lessons Learned: Results for a College Grant Writing Course.

• Christian Community Development Association 2014 Conference. Presentation Title: Grant Writing Tips: Insights from a Grant Reviewer.

• Nonprofit Leadership Alliance 2015 Conference. Presentation Title: Social Enterprise: Innovation, Sustainability, and The Future of the Nonprofit Sector.

• 6th Annual Symposium on Service-Learning 2015. Co-Presenter with Tim Stewart, Belmont’s Directory of Service-Learning. Presentation Title: Connecting Campus to Community: Integrating a Web-based Software Platform to Support Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

Selected Awards & Honors

Teagle Teaching Fellow.

Best Teaching Award, Experiential Classroom, USASBE & Syracuse University.

One of twenty persons selected nationwide to attend the first Minority Advancement
Institute: Conference for Diverse Managers presented by the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education.

First African American male to graduate from Trevecca Nazarene University with a
doctorate degree.

Selected as 1 of 36 persons nationwide for first federal grant review process for the Ryan White CARE Act, Special Projects of National Significance Funds, U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services.


Dr. Bernard Turner, GPC is an Associate Professor, Social Entrepreneurship and Program Director, Social Entrepreneurship. Belmont’s undergraduate program in social entrepreneurship was the first in the nation when it launched in the fall of 2008. He has been affiliated with the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. His career includes, fundraising for colleges/universities and nonprofits; program development; and economic development positions working with minority and women-owned businesses. He has experience in program development, training, strategic planning, organizational assessments and other training and technical assistance to nonprofits. He is currently a board member and treasurer for the Grant Professionals Association. He holds the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) designation. He also serves on the board of Soles4 Souls, a global nonprofit dedicated to wearing out poverty. Dr. Turner was also the senior program officer for the National Community AIDS Partnership (now AIDS United), an initiative developed by The Ford Foundation. He provides consultation and technical assistance consultations to nonprofit organizations. His academic qualifications include an Ed.D. in Leadership and Professional Practice, an MA in Philanthropy and Development, an MBA in Organizational Administration, and a BS in Business Administration from four different universities.