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Board of Directors

AACN is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, each of whom represents a member institution. The Association convenes various committees including the Finance, Government Affairs, Membership, Programs, and Nominating Committees; maintains task forces and advisory groups as needed to focus on topics of critical concern (i.e. diversity and inclusion, academic-practice partnerships); and sponsors seven leadership networks for faculty and staff at schools of nursing.

CaryChair, 2018-2020
Ann H. Cary, PhD, MPH, RN, FNAP, FAAN
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

Susan-Bakewell-SachsChair Elect, 2019-2020 
Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, FAAN
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR



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

LeunerSecretary, 2018-2020 (first 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

Member at Large, 2019-2021 (first term)
Julie Sanford, DNS, RN, FAAN
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 

Sharp-McHenryMember at Large, 2018-2020 (second term)
Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, RN, FACONDA
Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, OK

SheltonMember at Large, 2018-2020 (first term)
Christie Shelton, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL

SwansonMember at Large, 2018-2020 (second term)
Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Seattle University
Seattle, WA

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

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