Board of Directors
Carolyn W. Higdon,
Vice President for Finance
Carolyn Wiles Higdon, EdD, CCC-SLP, is a full professor at the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a dual appointment to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Dr. Higdon is the chief executive officer of Wiles Higdon and Associates, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. Through her practice, she is a reviewer for the Department of Labor, a certified life care planner, and a trained family mediator in the areas of special education, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and employment disputes.
Dr. Higdon has served on a number of ASHA committees and boards, including the Financial Planning Board, the Government Relations and Public Policy Board, and the Special Interest Divisions Board of Division Coordinators. Dr. Higdon is an ASHA Fellow and has been a member of the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council and the ASHA Legislative Council. Dr. Higdon is the founding member and past chair of both Special Interest Group (SIG) 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, and SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She has been a site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, an augmentative and alternative communication consultant to the ASHA Health Care Economics Committee, and a chapter advisor to the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association at the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Higdon is a former chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Ole Miss, past-president of the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association, and past chair of the Georgia Board of Examiners. She has been a member of the Speech-Language Pathology Professional Standards Committee of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and International Commission on Healthcare Professions, the sitting speech-language pathologist for the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America’s Professional Standards Committee for the development of the assistive technology credential, and a past member of the Joint Committee of ASHA and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Higdon holds state health licensure in multiple states.
Dr. Higdon has published numerous articles and chapters on such topics as life care planning, augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology, health literacy, early intervention, and the future of speech-language pathology in medical and educational arenas. She has presented approximately 150 national and international lectures on a variety of clinical, administrative, and business management topics. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and was awarded the Alpha Omicron Pi Woman of Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Member at the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Higdon received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University and her doctorate of education from the University of Georgia, with a second doctoral degree in process.