Board Emeritus

Past Advisory Board Members


Howard Altman  (2003-2006)
Professor, Linguistics Program
University of Louisville

Howard B. Altman is Professor of Modern Languages and Director of the Linguistics Program at the University of Louisville. A specialist in faculty and chair development, he founded the Center for Faculty and Staff Development at the University of Louisville and served as Executive Director for the Kentucky Consortium on Faculty Development, a first-of-its-kind statewide faculty development network encompassing all higher education institutions in Kentucky. He has presented at most of the 19 Academic Chairpersons Conferences and is currently on the Board of Advisors. He has published widely in faculty and chair development, faculty reward systems, and higher education curriculum and assessment.


Portrait of James AnkerJames Anker  (2003-2012)
Publisher, Barclay Creek Press, LLC
Bolton, Massachusetts

James D. Anker is the founder and former president of Anker Publishing, a respected publisher of professional development resources for faculty and administrators in higher education. In its years of operation, Anker Publishing has become recognized for its strong list of publications by well respected authors. Anker’s list of publications includes the Department Chair newsletter, along with a backlist of 100 titles.


John August  (2003-2005)
Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
Texas A & M University

John August, a native of Surrey, England, is a professor and former head of the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A & M University. In 1997 he was one of six administrators in the University system to be selected for year-long internships in the Center for Leadership in Higher Education. Presently, he is the lead instructor on a federally-funded project providing distance learning through compressed video and the Web. He is the editor-in-chief of Consultations in Feline Internal medicine, volumes 1-4.


Susan Hatfield  (2003-2018)
Professor Emerita, Communication Studies
Winona State University





Mary Lou Higgerson  (2003-2016)
Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus
Baldwin-Wallace University




Ann Lucas  (2003-2007)
Professor Emeritus, Human Resource Management
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Ann F. Lucas was a consultant and professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where she served as campus chair in the Department of Management. She was a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and author of Strengthening Department Leadership: A Team Building Guide for Chairs in Colleges and Universities.


Roger McHaney  (2016-2017)
University Distinguished Scholar and Professor, Management Information Systems
Kansas State University




Portrait of William PallettWilliam Pallett  (2003-2012)
Past President, The IDEA Center
Manhattan, KS

William Pallett started the Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Center in 1997. Prior to that, he served as Director of Assessment and Co-Director of the Office of Educational Advancement at Kansas State University. Dr. Pallett regularly provides telephone consultation to clients and has conducted IDEA training workshops at over 50 colleges and universities.


Portrait of Gary ShulmanGary Shulman  (2006-2012)
Professor and Chairperson
Miami University

Gary Shulman is a Professor in the Speech/Communication area and Chair of the Department of Communica tion. He has received recognition for his publication and teaching efforts from numerous professional associations and universities.



Portrait of Lynda SpireLynda Spire  (2003-2015)
Past Assistant Dean, Global Campus
Kansas State University 

Lynda Spire was the Assistant Dean for the Kansas State University Global Campus. In this role, she headed the unit that is responsible for delivery and service of both credit and noncredit programs, including conferences. Lynda was involved with Academic Chairpersons Conference for over 20 years.




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