AACN Governance

AACN is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors, 11 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 convenes various committees including Board Committees (Executive, Governance, Finance, and Audit Committees), 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.

Call for Nominations for 2025 Election

 The AACN Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions on the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee:

  • Treasurer
  • Board Member-at-Large (4 vacancies)
  • Practice Board Member-at-Large (1 vacancy)
  • Nominating Committee (3 vacancies)

Nomination packets are due October 4, 2024

Download Nomination Packet

Board of Directors

  • Jean Giddens

    Chair, 2024-2026
    Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
    University of Kansas

  • Julie Sanford

    Chair-Elect, 2024-2026
    Julie Sanford, DNS, RN, FAAN
    The University of Alabama

  • Victoria Niederhauser

    Secretary, 2024-2026
    Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, FAAN
    University of Tennessee Knoxville

  • Judith Karshmer

    Treasurer, 2023-2025 (first term)
    Judith Karshmer, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN, FAAN
    Arizona State University

  • Stephen Cavanagh

    Member-at-Large, 2024-2026 (second term)
    Stephen Cavanagh, PhD, MPA, RN, FACHE, FAAN
    University of California-Davis

  • Rhoberta Haley

    Member-at-Large, 2024-2026 (second term)
    Rhoberta Haley, PhD, RN, FNP
    Pacific Lutheran University

  • Kimberly Hunter

    Practice Member-at-Large, 2024-2026 (first term)
    Kimberly Hunter, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
    Iowa Health Care

  • Deborah Jones

    Member-at-Large, 2023-2025 (second term)
    Deborah J. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN
    University of Texas Medical Branch

  • Robin Newhouse

    Member-at-Large, 2023-2025 (first term)
    Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
    Indiana University

  • Demetrius Porche

    Member-at-Large, 2023-2025 (second term)
    Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN
    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

  • Julie Swann

    Practice Member-at-Large, 2023-2025 (first term)
    Julie Swann, MBA, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
    Emory Saint Joseph Hospital

  • Rita Trofino

    Member-at-Large, 2024-2026 (first term)
    Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN
    Saint Francis University

  • Lin Zhan

    Member-at-Large, 2023-2025
    Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN
    University of California, Los Angeles

  • Deborah Trautman

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


How to Volunteer with AACN

AACN Member deans/directors and faculty wishing to explore volunteer leadership opportunities within the organization are invited to register their interest by completing their Volunteer Profile, located in your MyAACN Dashboard under "Update My Account".

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Committees and Task Forces

AACN's committees and task forces work to further the readiness of nursing education and nursing research for a changing health care environment. Task forces are appointed by the Board as issues arise that require study and action.