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Sacred Heart Appoints New Director of Center for Nonprofits

William J. Hass has decades of experience in the not-for-profit world

Bill Hass

Sacred Heart University has appointed William J. Hass, current executive-in-residence in the College of Arts & Sciences, as the new director of the Jack Welch College of Business Center for Nonprofits.

The University founded the Center for Nonprofits in 2002. As part of the Jack Welch College of Business, its mission is to provide students in the master of business administration program with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills while working with not-for-profit organizations to help them achieve their goals and service community needs. In Hass’s new role, which will begin July 1, he will help connect students to not-for-profit groups so they can make valuable contributions to the group’s long-term viability and effectiveness while gaining real-world experience.

“As it has been the Center’s goal, I will continue to ensure that students are connected with non-profit organizations where they will apply their knowledge in completing projects that will both be challenging for our students and also benefit the nonprofit organizations. I will have an active role within the Center’s advisory committee working with the chair and the other members,” Hass said. “In June, we will re-evaluate the Center’s focus to include the master in public administration program and also look to help students from other disciplines, which in turn will help the Center in a multitude of new ways.”

In June of 2018, Hass retired from his position as CEO of LifeBridge Community Services in Bridgeport. The comprehensive nonprofit organization offers a wide variety of services to underprivileged city residents, such as counseling, Meals on Wheels, outreach for clothing and small household items and services for the deaf.

As a member of the Center for Nonprofits’ advisory committee, Hass has planned and executed a nonprofit leadership conference. He also serves as a liaison to nonprofit organizations in the greater Bridgeport area and helps students with networking for internships with some of these organizations.

Hass has been an executive-in-residence in the College of Arts & Sciences’ master of public administration program since August 2018. He also teaches three courses, including a capstone class for students who will graduate this year. He also teaches three courses, including a capstone class for students who will graduate this year.

“My favorite part about being an executive-in-residence is the opportunity I have to mentor young students,” Hass said. “I enjoy helping them prepare for their careers and helping them become the leaders of tomorrow. I get to use my experience in the non-profit world when teaching courses, which I’ve found to be very helpful for the students looking to break into the industry. Comradery with the faculty is also an aspect of the position that I have come to enjoy very much.”

Hass grew up Trumbull and attended Notre Dame High School in Fairfield. He earned his undergraduate degree at Stonehill College in Easton, MA, before obtaining his master’s degree at Southern Connecticut State University. He then earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.

Hass lives in Shelton with his wife Mary Ellen.