James F. Bird
MSOL + Senior Manager
Former President and CEO of Villa Maria Residential Services, Jim has served as an executive leader and advancement professional for over two decades, serving educational and nonprofit organizations. Throughout his career, he has been able to help nonprofits, schools and community organizations raise over $100 million dollars.
A graduate of Gannon University, Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an STL (Doctor of Divinity equiv.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome Italy. In 2010 he received a Master in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) from Geneva College. Mr. Bird served in ministry from 1990 -2003 as a deacon and priest of the Diocese of Erie, as administrator, chaplain, counselor, teacher and pastor. He served as the first Vice President of the Academic Excellence Foundation at Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, PA. Later he served as Director of Development for George Junior Republic, one of PA’s largest private nonprofit residential treatment facilities for court adjudicated and dependent youth. During that time, Jim oversaw, managed and supervised the transformation of the campus through an $11 million capital building project. Its successful capital campaign helped to open a state of the art 62,000 square foot academic center and recreation/program center.
Jim later assisted in the formation of the Corporate and Foundation Giving Office of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc. of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He served as its first director. Nominated by Gov. Rendell and confirmed by the legislature, Jim was a public member of the Board of Examiners for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2014 he was a presenter at the Emerging Philanthropy Conference in Pittsburgh, and lead a discussion on organizational readiness for grant making.
A community volunteer, Jim serves on the board of the HMHI Foundation, a housing group in Ohio and the board of the Mission and Ministry Foundation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
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