Wesley E. Lindahl
Dean of the School of Business and Nonprofit Management
Nils Axelson Professor of Nonprofit Management
At North Park Since: 2002
“Our school is committed to developing qualified, thoughtful business leaders grounded in business ethics,” says Dr. Wesley Lindahl, dean of the School of Business and Nonprofit Management.
Himself a North Park graduate, Dr. Lindahl also worked at the University in the early 1980s in an administrative capacity. He came back to work specifically in the expansion of the University's business programs. “North Park was developing a nonprofit program in the late 1990s, and I wanted to be a part of that development,” he said.
Dr. Lindahl oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School, and has been instrumental in expanding their offerings to include a full nonprofit bachelor’s degree and a sports management concentration for undergraduates, both launching in Fall 2013. “Our undergraduate students in business and economics are exposed to a rich foundation of business topics,” he says. “With Chicago’s world-class resources at our doorstep, our students are given diverse opportunities to help develop their business and professional skills.”
Under his leadership, the graduate programs have also expanded and now include five master’s degrees and 18 graduate-level certificate options for both business and nonprofit students. “The graduate programs in the School provide professionals a personalized learning approach unique to graduate education,” Dr. Lindahl says. “Small, dynamic classes and faculty and staff committed to helping students succeed characterize all of our graduate programs. Students enjoy the ability to apply the skills and knowledge they learn in class immediately in their work environment,” he adds.
Dr. Lindahl’s own expertise is in the area of nonprofit fundraising, drawing on his 18 years as a development director at a large university, as well as continued scholarship and frequent conference presentations to bring rich experience and current trends to his classrooms. He primarily teaches graduate-level students, encouraging his classes to connect with local organizations for class projects and in order to enhance their learning. By bringing in guest speakers working in nonprofit and business, Dr. Lindahl enhances the student experience and broadens the scope of what students might think is important in the field. “I also share how important ethics can be in how a person behaves within a business, nonprofit organization, or even working for government,” he adds.
Dr. Lindahl is a member of the Association on Research for Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
- PhD, Administration and Policy Studies, Northwestern University
- MS, Applied Mathematics, University of Minnesota
- BA, Mathematics, North Park University
- Wesley E. Lindahl. Principles of Fundraising: Theory and Practice. Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2009.