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Standards and Best Practices

Benchmarks, guidelines and avenues for recognition.

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Membership is the foundation for excellence and unites the field.

Board of Directors Nominations

Nominations for the Class of 2018 are being accepted through September 8, 2017.

A critical element to the success of the American Alliance of Museums in serving the field is ensuring the Board of Directors is composed of committed individuals that have the relevant skills and a wide range of perspectives to effectively lead the organization.

The Board Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the Class of 2018-2021.

Download the Candidate Application Form and submit this form along with a high resolution headshot, resume/cv and brief bio to the AAM Board Nominating Committee


The Committee actively recruits individuals who:
  • bring experience and expertise to help advance the Alliance’s Strategic Plan
  • ensure that AAM is governed by a diverse Board of Directors
  • demonstrate service to AAM, museums or an allied field
  • have an active individual Alliance membership

Board Member Role and Responsibilities

  • Board Member At-Large Position Description
  • Class of 2018 Members are elected for a three-year term starting May 9, 2017

Process and Schedule

 September 8, 2017 Class of 2018 nomination period closes
 September–October 2017 Nominating Committee evaluates candidates and    presents Board slate to Alliance Board Chair
 November 2017 Chair approves slate and full Board ratifies
 Dec. 2017–January 2018 All candidates notified
 February 2018 Slate announced to Alliance membership
 March 7, 2018 Deadline to submit nomination by petition
 April-May 2018 Election results announced to membership

Article VII of the AAM Constitution and Bylaws details the nominations, voting and election process.

Board Nominating Committee

William T. Harris, Chair and At-Large Board Member Class of 2015-2018
President and CEO, Space Center Houston, TX

Tonya Matthews, At-Large Board Member Class of 2016-2019
President and CEO, Michigan Science Center, Detroit

James Pepper Henry, At-Large, Class of 2016-2019
CEO/Director, The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

Kaywin Feldman, Immediate Past Chair (2016-2018)
Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN

Gretchen Sorin, President, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
representative, Council of Regions
Director, Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown, NY

Suzanne Hale, Immediate Past Chair, Collections Stewardship Network
representative, Professional Network Council
Registrar/Collections Manager, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art - Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Jennifer Kilmer, Individual Alliance Member, At-Large
Director, Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma

Staff Liaison: Eileen Goldspiel, Director Institutional Giving