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2018 NAEP Executive Director Search Information

NAEP Executive Director Search

The appointment of the right Executive Director is crucial to the success of any organization. The selection of the Executive Director is one of the most important responsibilities of a Board. The NAEP membership, Board of Directors (BOD), staff, sponsors and business partners will all benefit from a comprehensive and thoughtful process.

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About the Search

NAEP’s board president (with BOD consensus), has appointed the NAEP Board President, Nichol Luoma to chair the committee. Search committee membership is composed of no more than twelve representative and diverse stakeholders from the following key stakeholder groups: former national board members, district national board members, regional leadership, NAEP staff, sponsors, business partners, and the general membership.

There are advisory groups to support the search committee; each one chaired by a representative search committee member. The key business partners/sponsors will be NON-VOTING Members.

The search committee, with consultation throughout the process with the advisory groups, will put forward one to two candidates to the board for a vote. There will be a webinar presentation by the finalists to the stakeholders in this group so that feedback can be obtained and submitted to the BOD for consideration.

The goals for milestones are listed under the timeline and org chart section. Please keep in mind the complexity of the search process and this will be fluid and will be updated as needed.

NAEP Executive Director Search Update Notifications

Letter from the Chair

June 20, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying the very beginning of summer. Before some of us go on vacation, I wanted to update you on the search process. The search committee has finalized the job description and job announcement. As part of this process, we have decided to change the job title to Executive Director. The Executive Director title is common in non-profits, especially similar in size to NAEP. The role will continue to be the highest position within the association.

Thank you to all that are on the search committee and our two advisory groups. There has been a tremendous amount of input and I believe the collaboration of this diverse team yielded a robust job description. Before I head out for vacation with the family I wanted to update you on a few important NAEP items.

NAEP Executive Director Search

As of this week, our search firm, Spelman Johnson has started recruiting! You can view the position announcement on their website at NAEP Executive Director Search. Please share the information with your professional networks and let us know if you have nominations for the position. You can contact our search consultant Mark Hall with questions and nominations at or 803-708-0038.

Mark will review all applications and send materials for the most highly-qualified candidates to the search committee for consideration. The committee will select a group of semifinalists and conduct first-round interviews towards the end of August. The goal will be to have office interviews for finalists in September with members of the board. Let us know if you have any questions!!

NACUBO Engagement

Also, I will be at NACUBO representing NAEP in Long Beach with your past President, Rosey Murton and another Past President, Sandy Hicks. If you or your business officer are attending be sure to come to our session on Sunday, July 22nd titled: Are You Getting Full Value from Your Procurement Office? NACUBO has also invited NAEP to do a webinar on procurement; the webinar is scheduled for September 12th! This is a great opportunity to engage with your CBO and ask them to register! NAEP/NACUBO Webinar: Leveraging the Procurement Function as a Key Tool to Advance Mission and Goals--How Do We Get There.

NAEP Academy and RFP/Negotiation Institutes: August 6-9th in Baltimore

Finally, our academies and institutes are open for registration. I will have the pleasure of teaching in the Tier 3 Academy and the Negotiation Institute. I look forward to meeting and chatting with all attendees!

Regional Meetings

In other news, our regional leadership is ramping up for their regional meetings. Be sure to register! I am excited to attend the District VI meeting which starts on Sunday, September 30th on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA! I look forward to seeing many of you there along with our valued business partners.

Thank you for reading and would love to, as always, hear from you! Feel free to drop myself or our NAEP staff a note!

Happy Summer!

Nichol Luoma, NAEP Board President

Associate Vice President, Sustainability Operations Officer and CPO

University Business Services

Arizona State University


To ensure we hear the voice of all interested constituents, NAEP will publish a survey requesting feedback on attributes that are critical to selection. The survey will include an opportunity to submit interest to serve on the search committee. Best efforts will be made to reach out to retired board members, sponsors, business partners. The survey will be open to all stakeholders per the above and is targeted to be published on 1/22/18 and will close on 2/4/18.


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