Kelly Trusty

kelly trustyAssociate Professor
Ketner School of Business
(260) 665-4917 |

Areas of Expertise:

Nonprofit leadership and management training and technical assistance
Nonprofit technology/mission alignment
Grant funding research, proposal writing, sustainability planning
Leadership assessment and development
Curriculum and program design
Data-driven, mixed-methods evaluation
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Master Naturalist
Advanced Master Gardener

Degrees Earned:

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Purdue University.

Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education, Ball State University.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration, Western Michigan University.

Work History:

Trine University | 2015 - Present

  • Associate Professor (2015 - 2017)

Western Michigan University | 2013 - 2015

  • Assistant Professor (2014 - 2015)
  • Professional Instructor (2013 - 2014)

Trine University | 2010-2013

  • Program Director, Lead Faculty of Nonprofit Organizational Studies (2010 - 2013)

TruTech Design | 1997 - Present

  • President and CEO

Montgomery County AHEAD Coalition, Inc. | 1998 - 2007

  • Executive Director


Powell, E.A., Winfield, G, Schatteman, A. & Trusty, K (in press). Collaboration between practitioners and academics: Defining the Pracademic Experience. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs.

Leonard, E.C. & Trusty, K.A. (2016). Supervision: Concepts and Practices of Management (13th Ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.

Trusty, K.A. & Heye, S. (2015) Information technology and nonprofit organizations. In Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Policy, M. Dubnick & D. Bearfield, Eds. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.

Trusty, K.A. & Colley, K.D. (2015) The fall of the great and powerful executive director. In Cases and Simulations Portal for Public and Nonprofit Sectors. Newark, NJ: Rutgers University.

Trusty, K.A., "SIMO: Modeling and Measuring the Relationships between Strategy, IT/Mission Alignment Maturity and Nonprofit Organizational Outcomes" (2013). Dissertations. Paper 222.

Trusty, K., Leonard, E., Cook, R.A. (2012). Uncharted territory: Female-to-male harassment. In E. Leonard, Supervision: Concepts and Practices of Management (12th Ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage.

Leonard, E., Hartzell, M.G., Trusty, K. (2012). Why do some people make the wrong choices? In E. Leonard, Supervision: Concepts and Practices of Management(12th Ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage.

Leonard, E., Trusty, K. & Cook, R. (2012). It’s all about beliefs and deeds. In E. Leonard,Supervision: Concepts and Practices of Management (12th Ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage.

Trusty, K., Leonard, E., Cook, R. (2011). Unwelcomed advances: Female-to-male harassment. Journal of Critical Incidents 4 (Fall, 2011), 22, 80-82 (Refereed)

Trusty K. (2004). Empowering Youth for Leadership in a Tobacco Control Environment.Technical Assistance manual utilized in training of Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency VOICE Hub Coordinators.

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