Bernard Turner

Bernard Turner

Dr. Turner has 38 years of diversified work experience with over 25 years in the nonprofit sector. He has worked for Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University in various fundraising and administrative/management positions. In these positions, he was instrumental in helping to bring extensive financial support to these institutions. In June 2008, Dr. Turner began his appointment with Belmont University where he serves as Associate Professor, Social Entrepreneurship and Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship. He is the Program Director for the undergraduate major in Social Entrepreneurship, the first in the nation, and providing strategic management of the Center. He has worked with minority and women entrepreneurs in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee in economic development organizations. Dr. Turner has been in the grants profession field for over 25 years serving not only as a grant writer, but also a grant reviewer for public and private funding sources, and being a senior program officer for a national philanthropic organization. He served on the Grant Professionals Association Board for four three-year terms and rolled off the board in December 2017. Dr. Turner also has the GPC (Grant Professionals Certified) designation from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.