Election of Leadership

Voting ended April 28, 2021. Results will be announced soon. See the slate of candidates.

Your Vote Matters

When you vote in the ACHA election, you are choosing leaders who will advocate for you and the health and wellness of campus communities. The ACHA Board of Directors and Section Leadership play a critical role in helping shape the future of the association and the field of college health and wellness. By voting, members can ensure that ACHA has leaders with the skills and abilities to fulfill our organizational goals and strategic priorities.

Important Updates Regarding Your Ballot

The election will be conducted using the same secure Qualtrics platform that is used for many ACHA surveys. Members eligible to vote in the election will receive an email containing a unique link to their ballot. This link can be used only by the person to whom it was sent. We recommend doing the following prior to the start of the election on March 29:

  1. Log in to your member profile.
  2. Make sure your email address is up to date. The email address listed in your profile is where your ballot link will be sent.
  3. This step must be done by March 15: On your member profile page in the "My preferences" tab, select your primary section. Members may join more than one section but can vote for leaders only in their primary section.

Only current, eligible members whose 2021 dues have been received by ACHA by February 24, 2021, are able to vote in ACHA's 2021 national election. Note: under the new membership model, all 2020 individual members at an institutional member school will be automatically renewed for 2021 when their school renews. Check to see if your school is a current member.

For more information, including who is eligible to vote, see the Election FAQs

2021-2022/2023 Slate of Candidates

ACHA is pleased to present the following slate of candidates for the National Election:

The election will be conducted March 29 through April 28, 2021. Members who are eligible to vote* will receive an email with a unique link to the election ballot.

Detailed information about the candidates will be available at election time. Election results will be announced by email. The new officers of the association, regional representatives, and section officers assume their office at the end of the Assembly of Representatives, which typically occurs at the Annual Meeting.

*According to the ACHA Bylaws, Regular Individual Members and Student Members are eligible to vote for Officers of the Association.

Regular Individual Members and Student Members are eligible to vote for the Board Regional Representative within their region.

Emeritus Members have privileges of the class of membership to which they belonged prior to becoming emeritus, and thus may vote accordingly.

For section elections, Regular Individual Members are eligible to vote for the Section Officers within their primary section. Student Members are only eligible to vote and hold office in the Student/Consumer section. The Student/Consumer section officer elections will take place separately from the election for association officers, regional representatives, and other section leaders.

Candidates for Officers of the Association

For 2021-2022 President-elect:

Michael Deichen, MD, MPH
Associate Vice President, Student Health Services
Professor of Family Medicine, College of Medicine
Vice Chair, Institutional Review Board
University of Central Florida


Jessica D. Higgs, MD, FAAFP
Director of Health Services and Team Physician
Bradley University

For 2021-2023 Vice President

Darren Oliver Aaron, MSHA, NREMT
Associate Director, Student Health Service
Director of Finance and Operations, Health & Wellbeing
Advisor, Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services
Wake Forest University

Candidates for Regional Representatives to the Board of Directors

For 2021-2023 Region II Representative:

Andreea Baker, RN, BSN, MSN
Director of Wellness Center
Concordia University, Nebraska

For 2021-2023 Region IV Representative:

Nancy Gentry Russell, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE  
Assistant Professor, DNP Advanced Practice Program Faculty, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Johns Hopkins University

For 2021-2023 Region VI Representative:

Cheryl Hug-English, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Student Health Center
University of Nevada, Reno

Looking for ways to make a real difference?

Consider running for election next year or checking with your section leadership for any open positions. As a member, your engagement has a meaningful impact in ACHA and in college health and wellness!