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.

Board of Directors


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Chair, 2022-2024
Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Michigan-Flint

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Chair-Elect, 2022-2024
Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Virginia Commonwealth University

Julie Sanford

Secretary, 2022-2024 (first term)
Julie Sanford, DNS, RN, FAAN
The University of Alabama

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

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Member-at-Large, 2022-2024 (first term)
Stephen Cavanagh, PhD, MPA, RN, FACHE, FAAN
University of California-Davis

Rhoberta Haley

Member-at-Large, 2023-2024 (first term)
Rhoberta Haley, PhD, RN, FNP
Pacific Lutheran University

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

Jerry Mansfield

Practice Member-at-Large, 2022-2024 (second term)
Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Nurse Executive

Robin Newhouse

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

Victoria Niederhauser

Member-at-Large, 2022-2024 (second term)
Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, FAAN
University of Tennessee Knoxville

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

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


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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.