Board of Directors

AACN is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors, 9 of whom represent a member institution, and 2 represent nursing practice. AACN's President and CEO also serves as an ex-officio member of the Board. The Association supports several committees, including the Government Affairs, Finance, Nominating, Membership, Program, and Diversity and Inclusion Committees, and sponsors task forces on a variety of professional concerns. Leadership Network Steering Committees oversee the activities of AACN’s seven Leadership Networks for faculty and staff. A Joint Council convenes annually and provides an opportunity for committees, task forces and advisory groups to engage directly with the Board of Directors.

Susan-Bakewell-SachsChair, 2020-2022
Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, FAAN
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR


Cynthia McCurrenChair Elect, 2020-2022 
Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI



Treasurer, 2019-2021 (first term)
Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN




Secretary, 2020-2022 (second term)
Jean Leuner, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Auburn University
Montgomery, AL



Member-at-Large, 2019-2021 (first term)
Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA


Member-at-Large, 2019-2021 (first term)
Judith Karshmer, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Jerry MansfieldMember-at-Large, 2020-2021 (first term)
Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Mount Carmel Health System
Columbus, OH


Victoria NiederhauserMember-at-Large, 2020-2022 (first term)
Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN


Member-at-Large, 2020-2022 (first term)Randolph Rasch
Randolph Rasch, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI


Member-at-Large, 2019-2021 (first term)
Julie Sanford, DNS, RN, FAAN
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS

Jan StromMember-at-Large, 2020-2022 (first term)
Jan Strom, PhD, MPH, RN
Aurora University
Woodstock, IL


Member-at-Large, 2019-2021 (second term)Weaver
Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL


Majorie WigginsMember-at-Large, 2020-2022 (first term)
Marjorie Wiggins, DNP, MBA, RN
Maine Health System
Portland, ME


TrautmanPresident and Chief Executive Officer (ex officio)
Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Washington, DC