Standing Committees

Communications Committee

Chair: Connie Johnson, Colorado Technical University

The purpose of the Communications Committee is to oversee and manage communications between the association and its membership, in consultation with ACAO leadership. Specific tasks include assisting AMC Source in coordinating ACAO web site content and developing member communications that cultivate a distinctive ACAO identity and brand. The Communications Committee will work closely with the Membership Committee in generating communications materials and strategies directed toward building membership.


  • Gail Simmons, Hofstra University

Membership Committee

Chair: Chaouki Abdallah, Provost, The University of New Mexico

The purpose of the Membership Committee is to develop and manage the process by which institutions, individuals, and organizations join and renew their membership in the association. This includes developing strategies and materials to generate interest in joining the ACAO, and working in conjunction with the Communications Committee on these tasks. Membership Committee members will also use professional contacts to encourage membership, will report on the membership, and will make recommendations about dues.


  • Risa Palm, Georgia State University of New York
  • Martha Potvin, Springfield College

Nominating Committee

Chair: April Mason

The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to develop and manage the process by which candidates for the governing board are presented to the membership for election. This includes soliciting the membership for nominations and applications for board positions and developing a slate of candidates. The Nominating Committee is also responsible for overseeing the election process and informing the membership of the results.


  • Roderick Nairn, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Giacomo Oliva, Fashion Institute of Technology

Annual Program Committee

Chair:  BJ Reed, University of Nebraska Omaha


The purpose of the Annual Program Committee is to coordinate the program held at the annual meeting.  Committee members will identify topics and coordinate speakers and program activities relevant to CAOs and CAOs/presidents/chancellors in the academic and higher education area.


  • Connie Johnson, Colorado Technical University
  • Paul Starkey, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Jim Sirianni, American Council of Education

ByLaws Committee Members

Chair: Wendy K. Wilkins


  • April Mason, Kansas State University