Carmin MacMillan Harris will step down as executive director of the Mansfield Mission Center in August.
Harris has accepted a new position with The University of Texas at Arlington as an assistant professor of practice leading the recently launched Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropy degree program.
While leading MMC, Harris completed her doctorate in education at University of Southern California. In the midst of professional & academic life, she maintained her passion for teaching the next generation of nonprofit leaders with part-time adjunct teaching roles with The University of Texas at Arlington Continuing Education program and the University of Toronto’s Institute for Community Engagement and Master’s degree in Theological Studies.
Harris became executive director of the Wesley Mission Center in June 2015.
Her first goal was to implement a new program model to help those in the community grow from dependence on church benevolence to becoming empowered through financial coaching, employment help, and other resources to become increasingly financially stable. In the last 8 years she oversaw the renaming and rebranding from Wesley Mission Center to Mansfield Mission Center, facilitated the purchase (and subsequent sale) of the retail plaza at 703 E. Broad St. where the thrift store is currently located, facilitated the acquisition, transition, and expansion of the Linda Nix Clinic offering free health care services, initiated a partnership with Arlington-Mansfield YMCA, and the purchase of a new building at 78 Regency Pkwy, with the dream of creating opportunities for whole person health & wellbeing for the underserved in our community.
After August, her role in the Mansfield community will continue as the Convener of the Wellbeing Mansfield collaboration and she will continue serving on the board of the Historic Mansfield Business Association until her term is completed. Harris and her husband, Jason, plan to remain in the downtown Mansfield community and hope to continue playing an active role in the fabric that makes Mansfield a great place to live, work & worship.
A search committee led by MMC board chair Bryan Adkison will facilitate the process to fill the role of executive director. Harris will remain as executive director until mid-August, and then will move to a supporting role assisting the board chair and next senior leader in the leadership transition.
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