Board of Directors

Contact with the Board of Directors should be made through the NASM National Office.

The Board of Directors is composed of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, the Immediate Past President, the Chair and the Associate Chair of the Commission on Accreditation, the Chair of the Commission on Community College Accreditation, a Non-Degree-Granting Member, the nine Regional Chairs, and three Public Members. With the exception of the Public Members, the Board is appropriately balanced to represent a variety of music backgrounds and perspectives. The Executive Director is an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors shall:

  • Exercise the various responsibilities of the Board as stipulated in the Bylaws.
  • Act in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee in its jurisdiction over and responsibility for the executive functions of the Association.
  • Review the annual report of the Association’s financial position as prepared by the Association’s official auditors.
  • Establish and revise Part I of the Rules of Practice and Procedure in the NASM Handbook following consultation with accredited institutional members.
  • Address the needs of the membership, recognizing the diversity as well as the common basic purposes of all member institutions.
  • Review and, as appropriate, act on proposals presented by any ad hoc committees established by the Board to address issues that the Bylaws indicate are under the authority of the Board.

NASM Board of Directors 2020-2021:

Dan Dressen, President (2021)
Saint Olaf College

Michael D. Wilder, Vice President (2021)
Wheaton College

Jeffrey L. Pappas, Treasurer (2022)
University of Tennessee

Mary Ellen PooleSecretary (2023)
Carnegie Mellon University

Kirsten Morgan, Non-Degree-Granting Member, Board of Directors (2023)
The Diller-Quaile School of Music

Kevin J. Dobreff, Chair, Commission on Community College Accreditation (2023)
Grand Rapids Community College

Peter T. Witte, Chair, Commission on Accreditation (2022)
University of the Pacific

James C. Scott, Associate Chair pro tempore, Commission on Accreditation (2021)
University of North Texas

Fred Cohen, Chair, Region 1 (2021)
San Jose State University

Dean LuethiChair, Region 2 (2021)
Washington State University

Julia R. Gaines, Chair, Region 3 (2021)
University of Missouri, Columbia

Alison Shaw, Chair, Region 4 (2023)
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Susan D. Van Vorst, Chair, Region 5 (2023)
Baldwin Wallace University

David Davies, Vice Chair, Region 6 (2021)
Nazareth College

Isaiah R. McGee, Chair, Region 7 (2022)
Claflin University

Julia Mortyakova, Chair, Region 8 (2022)
Mississippi University for Women

Gary T. Wurtz, Vice Chair, Region 9 (2021)
Stephen F. Austin State University

Karen P. Moynahan, Executive Director, ex officio

Public Members:

Lauren Frampton
Corinth, TX

Robert A. Hudak
Greenville, North Carolina

Fran Tucker
Herndon, Virginia