Professor David Stevenson Dies

Posted: August 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

David Stevenson, an associate professor in New Century College, died July 25 due to complications resulting from two strokes. He was 51. Stevenson was also the director of Nonprofit Management Studies and an affiliate member of the Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA).


Stevenson graduated cum laude with a B.A. in sociology from Norfolk State College in 1973. He earned his M.A. (1974) and his Ph.D. (1979) in biocultural anthropology from Ohio State University.

Stevenson taught at Memphis State University, Wayne State University, and the University of Maryland at College Park before joining George Mason in 1996.

Stevenson’s research centered on nonprofit organization management. He published numerous national and international publications and was the principal investigator of a Kellogg grant on nonprofit studies. In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, Stevenson served as director of the National Center for Charitable Statistics (the Urban Institute) and associate director of the Independent Sector Research Department. Along with the Center for Service and Leadership, he was instrumental in the establishment of the George Mason American Humanics Certificate.

Services were held July 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring (UUCSS). A memorial fund has been established in Stevenson’s name to further the celebration of diversity and multiculturalism at the UUCSS. Donations should be sent to Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 20906. Checks should include “David Stevenson Memorial Fund” in the memo area.

Additionally, New Century College and PIA have established the David R. Stevenson Internship Award to recognize a George Mason undergraduate student who has done outstanding field work in the area of nonprofit studies. Donations for this academic award can be sent to New Century College, c/o Sue Woodfine, MS 5D3.

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