Dr. A. Lynn Williams Becomes 2021 President of ASHA

A. Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP, took office this month as the 2021 President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

According to ASHA:
The President serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors (BOD). The President ensures that the BOD fulfills its responsibilities for governance of the Association. The President works in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to achieve the mission of the Association and to optimize the relationship between the BOD and staff.

In addition to the essential duties and responsibilities required for all BOD members, the President is charged with the following tasks:

  • Serve as the official spokesperson for the Association
  • Chair the BOD
  • Represent ASHA and the professions in a variety of public information activities, including federal agency and national legislative testimony
  • Collaborate with the CEO to prepare the agenda for BOD meetings and to ensure that resolutions are carried out
  • Attend 8–10 meetings of state Associations, related professional organizations, and ASHA-sponsored conferences, as requested
  • Prepare 6–8 columns for The ASHA Leader, as requested
  • Work closely with the CEO to ensure that BOD activities and National Office functions are coordinated and mutually supportive
  • Work with the Convention Co-Chairs and Convention staff to develop and carry out a Convention theme
  • Provide an address to ASHA members at the annual Convention
  • Maintain relationships with the volunteer leaders of related organizations
  • Prepare the President-Elect to transition to leadership
  • Prepare and coordinate a performance review of the CEO
  • Review the performance of the BOD, and take necessary steps to improve BOD performance
  • Serve as President of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Board of Directors

Biography: Dr. A. Lynn Williams is Associate Dean of the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences and a full professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at East Tennessee State University. Her research includes development of the multiple oppositions phonological intervention approach that has been the basis of federally funded intervention studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has authored several articles in a variety of journals, as well as published numerous book chapters; developed a phonological intervention software program called Sound Contrasts in Phonology (SCIP) that was funded by the NIH; authored the book Speech Disorders Resource Guide for Preschool Children; and served as associate editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Lynn recently published an edited book with Dr. Sharynne McLeod and Rebecca McCauley titled Interventions for Speech Sound Disorders in Children.

Dr. A. Lynn Williams is the 2021 President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also a Fellow of ASHA and served as ASHA Vice-President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology (2016-2018). Dr. Williams was an ASHA Convention Co-Chair (2014), chaired or served on a number of different Convention topic committees, and served as an Associate Editor for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools and American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Williams was selected to participate in the inaugural IPEC Interprofessional Deans Leadership Program held in 2017 and is the first ASHA member to be an invited speaker for the IPEC Faculty Institute (May 2019). Dr. Williams will be inducted into the National Academy of Practice as a Distinguished Fellow in 2019, was named an ASHA Fellow in 2006, was inducted into the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education Hall of Fame in 2004, and was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011.