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 Board Committees (Executive, Governance, Finance and Audit Committee), Nominating Committee, Advisory Committees including Diversity/Inclusion, Government Affairs, Membership, and Program Subcommittees, and establishes Task Forces and Advisory Groups as needed to focus on topics of critical concern.  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.

CaryChair, 2018-2020
Ann H. Cary, PhD, MPH, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL


Chair 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


Secretary, 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
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS

Sharp-McHenryMember at Large, 2018-2020 (second term)
Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, RN, FACDONA
Simmons University
Boston, MA

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