The pursuit of passion can lead to the most meaningful, happy careers. Those who choose to follow their hearts feel satisfied when they leave work at the end of the day, or for many, well into the night.

We often hear nonprofit employees say things like, “We wear a lot of hats,” “We have almost no budget for this” and “I’m not in this for the money.” These professionals are instead dedicated to the people they serve and feel compelled to use their knowledge, skills and education to make a difference in the lives of others.

In this issue of Scholar you’ll read the stories of Strayer University graduates who have found their calling. Graduates like our cover person, Rosie Allen-Herring (MBA ’94), who says her time is not hers, but instead belongs to the people of Washington, D.C., whom she serves as CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area.

Like Rosie, many Strayer University students have realized that while passion will carry you far, a solid understanding of how a nonprofit works—from writing grants to securing funding to putting together a budget—will make you more effective. Strayer University’s public administration, education and business degree programs provide the tools to tackle work that isn’t always easy, but is always meaningful, and days that are long, but full.

Dr. Poirier oversees the Education and Public Administration degree programs at Strayer University, ensuring relevant curriculum and high quality faculty. He has held several academic leadership roles at the University, including associate provost for faculty and campus dean. Dr. Poirier’s research and professional goals focus on improving learning and teaching for students and faculty.