Terry M. Knowles

Adjunct Professor

Public Administration, MPA
UNH Manchester


Terry Knowles has held the position of assistant director of charitable trusts at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office for the past 36 years. She is twice past President of the National Association of State Charity Officials, and has participated in Harvard University/Hauser Center’s Joint Seminar on Emerging Issues in Philanthropy, presented a webinar on endowment management at Columbia University Law School, and, most recently, was a speaker at Boston College Law School’s Philanthropy Boot Camp for Journalists.  Terry writes and lectures locally and nationally on the nonprofit sector.  She is an adjunct professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire and teaches in the Master of Public Administration  program.

Terry and her husband Craig enjoy travelling both in the United States and abroad.


  • Nonprofit Management (POLT 918)

  • The Art of Negotiation (POLT 815)


  • Travel, genealogy, New Hampshire history, gardening, and vacationing on Newfound Lake.


  • Assistant Director of Charitable Trusts

  • Office of Attorney General, Charitable Trusts Unit

  • Observer NCCUSL Drafting Committee on the Uniform

  •  Conservation Easement Act

  • Multistate Filing and Registration Portal, Inc., Board of Directors      

  • N.H. Attorney General’s Legislative Policy Committee     

  • National Association of State Charity Officials State Treasurer NHSODAR

  • Trustee, 406th Fighter Group World War II Memorial Foundation              

  • Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2008                              


  • Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission

  • Raymond E. Closson Award for Excellence in Community and Regional Planning, September, 2014

  • New Hampshire Library Trustees Association Appreciation Award

  • 2011 National Association of State Charity Officials’ President’s Award

  • 2007 Southern NH Planning Commission Outstanding Service Award

  • 2005 Dorothy M. Little Award for Outstanding Service to Public Libraries

  • 1999 Governor’s Office on Volunteerism Award for Excellence in Volunteer Program Management 1996

  • New Hampshire Municipal Association Volunteer of the Year Award, 1990


  • B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire
  • M.P.A. from the University of New Hampshire
  • Harvard School of Public Health Hospital Accounting Workshop