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C-N dean tapped to serve on national association board

Carson-Newman University’s Dr. Heather Whaley is named to the American Associations of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Board of Directors. Whaley, who serves as dean of C-N’s School of Business and Family and Consumer Sciences, is director-at-large for AAFCS. Her term is from 2022 through 2025.

The selection process to serve begins with a nomination by an AAFCS member. The nominee is then interviewed by a selection committee. A leadership council representing each state, along with certain constituency groups, votes on behalf of those they represent.

“This opportunity allows me to contribute to the FCS profession and to give back to an organization that I joined as a freshman in college,” Whaley said. “I have accepted various leadership roles in AAFCS and look forward to serving in this capacity to impact positive change.”

The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences is based in the Washington, D.C., area. Founded in 1909 as the American Home Economics Association, it is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. The association provides leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The University is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Carson-Newman offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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