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Message from ARNOVA President, Angela Eikenberry

Friday, December 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Dear ARNOVA Members,


It was wonderful to see many of you at our conference in San Diego! We are extremely grateful to our hosts, particularly the University of San Diego, and institutional sponsors for their warm hospitality.


By all accounts, the programming and opportunities to connect with colleagues were excellent. A big thank you to Brenda Bushouse and Lindsey McDougle for their leadership co-chairing the conference, to all of you who presented and/or volunteered, and to the ARNOVA staff for making the conference such a success. Also thanks to the Western Regional Arrangements Committee chaired by Laura Dietrick from the University of San Diego.


We very much welcome your feedback on the conference and ways we can continue to improve. Please be sure to take the conference evaluation survey if you haven’t already.


We were also excited to have our new Executive Director, Lynnette Cook, join us for the conference. I hope many of you got a chance to meet her.


If you missed the member meeting during the conference, please see the slides shared at the meeting here. You can also see our latest audit report here.


The ARNOVA Board also met before and after the conference and made some decisions for you to be aware of: 


  • We approved the 2020 budget, with the understanding that our new ED, Lynnette, once she gets settled in, will come to the board with a budget modification request by the end of the first quarter.
  • We discussed and voted on several matters related to publications, including negotiating a renewed contract with Sage and priorities related to this. The NVSQ editors also provided a report on their plans to achieve priorities for 2019-2022.
  • We met with our peers on the Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) board to discuss our ongoing partnership and ways we can continue to build connections across our organizations.
  • We discussed ideas for the 50th Anniversary, we’ll be celebrating in 2021. We have been gathering ideas from members over the past year for this and we will be forming an adhoc committee soon to work on finalizing plans for 50th anniversary activities.

I hope to see you at one of our upcoming annual conferences:


  • ARNOVA-Africa – July 29-31, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa; hosted by Wits University and in partnership with Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA)
  • ARNOVA-North America – November 12-14, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN; hosted by (alphabetically listed): IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, O’Neill-IUB and O’Neill-IUPUI.


As always, if you have any concerns about anything ARNOVA-related, please contact me directly at or contact our new ED, Lynnette Cook at


Happy end of semester, holidays, and New Year!


Angela Eikenberry

ARNOVA Board President

Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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