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The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM) at the
University of Central Florida is a recognized academic center that utilizes collaborative partnerships between faculty members, students and community members to improve the understanding and practice of public and nonprofit management through research, teaching and service.

We serve the public and nonprofit sectors' research, education and service needs in the Central Florida community and beyond.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida is to strengthen communities through relevant research by faculty and students and through capacity building services to public and nonprofit organizations.


Community members
CPNM Director, Thomas Bryer (second
from right), leads a workshop for community members.

CPNM Goals

Faculty research will strive to be relevant and useful for our diverse stakeholders, including local, regional, statewide, national, and international practitioners, and domestic and international public administration, planning, research administration, and nonprofit management scholars. Faculty research will serve as a fulcrum to challenge scholars and practitioners to strengthen communities.

Faculty research will be problem oriented, theory driven, and inter-disciplinary. Faculty will strive for a high degree of community involvement and interaction.

Core Research Areas

1. Collaborative Governance

2. Democracy and Citizen Engagement

3. Diversity and Inclusiveness

4. Sustainability


Related Links

The University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida College of Health and Public Affairs

The University of Central Florida School of Public Administration

The Central Florida Nonprofit Nexus

ARNOVA, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action

ASPA, American Society for Public Administration

Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration

ICMA, International City/County Management Association

FCCMA, Florida City and County Management Association

Walking School Bus




The State of the Research on Civic Engagement: How Service and Volunteerism is Reshaping our Civic and Community Health 8th Annual UCF Public Administration Research Conference Friday, March 28, 2014

Deadline: December 1, 2013.

Visit the conference page for more information or to download the call for papers:

To download the pdf, click here:

Romanian Officials Visit

The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management helped coordinate a pilot exchange program for Romanian officials.

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Together for Tomorrow

A report on lessons learned regarding the formation of partnerships to support Title I schools in five cities.
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Together for Tomorrow

Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus is a national project with a local base at UCF's Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.
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Center-Hosted VISTA Program
UCF graduates have an opportunity to help homeless children in Seminole and Orange counties through a new program hosted by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.

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Trust In Government

Drs. Bryer and Wang are quoted in a recent column in Governing magazine. Go to the article



»"UCF AmeriCorps VISTAs Help Homeless Students"
Learn how the center has partnered with AmeriCorps VISTA to help local homeless students.

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»"Strengthening Communities. Changing Lives. - in Central Florida"
Learn how the Strengthening Communities in Central Florida Program helped 82 nonprofits in 2010 and 2011.

»"Helping Nonprofits"
Learn how the center is helping local nonprofits become more efficient.

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The CPNM works to provide opportunities for faculty and students to work collaboratively to help meet real needs of government and nonprofit agencies in Central Florida, to strengthen communities, and to enhance lives. These opportunities not only provide needed service to the community, but they help develop students through experience and structured reflection.


College of Health & Public Affairs II 4364 Scorpius St. P.O. Box 161395, Orlando FL 32816-1395 Ph (407)823-3794 . Fax: (407)823-5651 cpnm@mail.ucf.edu