Accreditation Commissioner Nominations

Nominations accepted through July 5, 2016


  1. Read the Criteria information below
  2. Read the Commissioner Position Description
  3. Complete the Nomination Form (contact details, references, questions about interest and qualifications) and e-mail it to
  4. Update your Peer Reviewer profile data and upload your resume/CV. (Get instructions)
    • If you are not already a Peer Reviewer, contact Julie Hart for access

 A complete nomination submission consists of:

  • Nomination Form
  • Completed Peer Reviewer Profile
  • Uploaded resume or CV

Note: Nominations submitted in 2014 and 2015 do not have to be resubmitted; they will automatically be considered in this round unless AAM is otherwise notified.

Process and Schedule

  • July 5, 2016: Nomination period closes
  • August-September: Nominating Committee vets candidates; presents recommendations to Alliance Board Chair
  • October-November: Chair makes final selection and full Board ratifies; offers made to candidates
  • February 2017: New Commissioner(s) attend their first meeting

Nominating Committee

  • Kippen de Alba Chu, Executive Director, Iolani Palace, Honolulu, HI (Committee Chair, AAM Board member)
  • Burt Logan, Executive Director & CEO, Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH (Accreditation Commissioner)
  • Amy Bartow-Melia, Associate Director for Programs & Strategic Initiatives, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC (Accreditation Commissioner)
  • Mary Pat Matheson, The Anna & Hays Mershon President & CEO, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA (American Public Gardens Association representative*)
  • Margaret Glass, Director, Professional Development, Association of Science & Technology Centers, Washington, DC  (ASTC Representative*)

* each year representatives from two discipline-specific organizations are asked to serve on the committee. Representation rotates and is not necessarily tied to the appointment criteria identified for that year.


The 2016 Nominating Committee has one seat to fill for a five-year term that begins in January 2017.  This year’s criteria are very specific:

  • The Committee this year seeks museum professionals currently working at an art museum that is part of a college or university.

If you don’t fulfill these criteria please nominate yourself in the next open round.

The Commission played a key role in envisioning the changes, and shaping the new materials and process, associated with the reinvention of accreditation initiative between 2011-2014.  Part of its work now is responding to the results of implementation and being thoughtful about how it practically and philosophically carries out its core decision-making responsibilities, ensures the new programmatic vision is sustained, and guides the program’s continued evolution and growth.

Therefore, the Nominating Committee is also looking for individuals:

  • with significant senior leadership experience who are champions of the new direction of the accreditation program and want to be part of its ongoing evolution
  • who are creative thinkers and are willing to be flexible as the Commission defines how it does its work and the new processes play out
  • committed to advancing museums and the field through the accreditation program and Continuum of Excellence
  • who are engaged in the museum field beyond their own institution

See the official position description for a full list of qualifications, qualities and responsibilities.