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

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 Strom Member at Large, 2020-2020 (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

Jerry MansfieldPractice Representative, 2020-2021 (first term)
Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Ohio Regional for Mount Carmel Health System
Columbus, OH

Majorie WigginsPractice Representative, 2020-2022 (first term)
Marjorie Wiggins
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