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Advisory Council of Past Presidents

Immediate Past President
Dorothy Williams, Chair

Overview of the Advisory Council of Past Presidents:
The purpose of the Advisory Council of Past Presidents is to provide advice and counsel to the Board of Directors. The goals include to suggest improvements to the membership and Board and to reflect opinions and thoughts of membership to the board.

Awards Committee

April Rainbolt 
Director, Transfer and Adult Student Outreach
East Tennessee State University

Overview of the Awards Committee:
The Awards Committee recommends recipients for Association awards to the Board of Directors; recommends policies on awards; monitor procedures for committee awards; and recommends the establishment of new awards. In pursuit of these goals, the Awards Committee seeks out and receives nominations for awards; coordinates the awards nomination process; recommends award recipients; and reviews awards criteria and processes annually in order to make recommendations for any changes.

Budget and Finance Committee

David Grebel, Chair
Texas Christian University

Overview of the Budget and Finance Committee:
The purpose of the Budget and Finance Committee is to review income and expenditures of the Association as well as to recommend an annual budget and sound fiscal policies.

Committee on Inclusiveness


Overview of the Committee on Inclusiveness:
The Committee on Inclusiveness will work to create an organizational culture within ACHE that embraces all individuals and institutional types. Inclusiveness of individuals requires an organizational culture that supports and enhances professional development and leadership opportunities regardless of race, age, ethnicity, creed, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. Diverse institutional types include but are not limited to two-year and community colleges, technical colleges, colleges outside the United States, HBCUs, tribal colleges, and Hispanic-serving institutions. The Committee will provide guidance to the Board in support of strategic planning.

Conference Planning Committee

Jeni Maple, Co-Chair
Administrative Associate to the VP Academic Affairs
Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Julie Shankle, Co-Chair
Vice President for Online Learning and Off Campus Education
Florida Tech

Overview of the Conference Planning Committee:
The conference Planning committee aims to plan the program for the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting. The goals of this committee are planning  the financial, logistical, and programmatic goals of the conference. The committee collaborates to establish the master schedule, exhibitor partnerships, and conference center accommodations.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Marthann Schulte, Chair

Overview of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee:
The purpose of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee is to review proposed legislative matters of the Association and pass on the legality. The main goals of the committee include to assist the membership and Board of Directors in drafting Constitutional and Bylaws amendments, rule on the legality of proposed Constitution and Bylaws amendments, and arrange for codification of legislative actions of the membership and Board of Directors.

Council of Regional Leadership

Tina Marie Coolidge, Chair
Program Manager
Drexel University

Overview of the Council of Regional Leadership:
The Council of Regional Leadership is comprised of those individuals elected to office in their respective ACHE regions. The purpose of the council is to provide a vital communication link between the regional leadership and ACHE's international leadership. Additionally, regional chairs will serve in a critical role as members of the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Digital Programming & Communications

Stephanie Cuddie, Chair
Florida Institute of Technology

Overview of the Digital Programming and Communications Committee:
The purpose of the Digital Programming and Communications Committee is to plan and administer digital programming for the association. Additionally, the committee reviews and makes recommendations on the format, content, design, frequency, and appropriateness of the associations's digital communications.

Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee

Alex Read, Chair
Program Manager
College of Continuing Education
Sacramento State University

Overview of the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee:

The purpose of the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee is to build membership through effective recruitment activities and to retain members through effective services. Additionally, the committee assists in determining the degree to which membership services (annual conference and meeting, regional meetings, publications and communications) are meeting the needs of members.

Nominations & Elections Committee
William (Bill) Boozang, Chair
Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Programs
Emmanuel College

Overview of the Nominations and Elections Committee:
The purpose of the Nominations and Elections committee is to recommend capable people for officers and directors of the Association and, in conjunction with the Home Office, to conduct the annual election. The goals include to encourage membership to submit candidates for office, maintain a list of individual service to the Association, provide a slate of qualified and able persons for Officers of the Association, and conduct an open and effective election.

Research Committee

Dianna Rust, Chair
Associate Professor, University Studies
Middle Tennessee State University

Overview of the Research Committee:
The purpose of the Research Committee is to act as a clearing agent for research in continuing higher education and encourage research by members of ACHE. Additionally, the Committee provides research and conducts surveys as requested by the Association.   


Neil Trotta
Dean of Graduate Studies
Fisher College

Overview of the Resolutions Committee:
The purpose of the Resolutions Committee is to develop appropriate resolutions for consideration by the Board of Directors and the membership.

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