Meeting NASSM Series: The President Role
In the following months, the NASSM Blog will be highlighting different individuals with NASSM leadership roles. We hope you enjoy getting to know them and learning more about NASSM. Our first post highlights our current and past-presidents. Presidents are elected for three year terms, where they serve as President-Elect, President, then Past-President, each with their own roles and responsibilities.
Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., Past-President NASSM
Current faculty position: Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota
How long have you been at this institution? 17 years
Where are you from? Australia
What are your primary responsibilities in your role with NASSM? Past president roles- conference manager and chair NASSM governance working group.
What made you want to get involved with NASSM? Networking, learn about the field, colleagues encouraged me.
How do you hope to contribute to NASSM through serving? Mentoring students and junior faculty; assisting with the implementation of the strategic plan, and aiming to create a more inclusive and supportive association.
What do you think are the biggest challenges NASSM faces? Current governance system and addressing the wide array of membership needs.
Dream NASSM destination: Turks and Cacaos
Bob Heere, Ph.D., President of NASSM
Current faculty position: Professor, Department of Management & Director of Sport Entertainment Management
How long have you been at this institution? About 20 months
Where are you from? The Netherlands, I received my PhD at Florida State University
What are your primary responsibilities in your role with NASSM? To represent our society in our interactions with our stakeholders and oversee the governance of our Society
What made you want to get involved with NASSM? Sport management is a small niche, and our boats rise and fall together with the academic tides. Supporting our Society is a crucial component of our service and directly benefits our own careers. I never saw it as a choice, but as a necessity.
How do you hope to contribute to NASSM through serving? As the president, first and foremost, I try to make myself available to everyone engaged with NASSM, answering any questions they have, or supporting the initiatives they bring forward to our Society. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is stay out of the way of the people who champion certain initiatives. On my end, I have been focused on increasing our transparency in decision making, increasing the engagement of our members, help our committees refocus on their primary responsibilities, and building or modifying the relationship with our partners. For example, we just signed a new partnership with the International Association for Venue Managers (IAVM), and were able to renegotiate our contract with Human Kinetics, which will alleviate the financial burden of our members to carry on that relationship.
What do you think are the biggest challenges NASSM faces? Right now, NASSM is at a crossroads, and its biggest challenge is adjusting its governance structure to the changing demands of scholarly life. The implementation of such a change impacts everything and holds back other initiatives. This restructure has been advocated for, for over a decade, and we are finally able to explore its implementation because of increased sponsorship revenues, and decreased journal subscription costs.
Dream NASSM destination: Frisco, TX, so I don’t have to travel and I can share with our members who amazing this city is when it comes to sport 😊
Stay tuned for future “Meeting NASSM” blog posts about other NASSM leaders…