Candidate for Vice President for Finance: Rick Talbott, CCC-A 

Rick Talbott

Rick Talbott is dean emeritus of the College of Allied Health Professions and is professor of speech pathology and audiology at the University of South Alabama. He has served as dean of the College since 2003; he has been a professor and has taught in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department since his appointment as dean. He is also currently the president of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Profession’s (ASAHP) PAC, a past president of that Association, and the ASAHP representative on the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine (previously, the Institute of Medicine). He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Professions Network (HPN) and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf. Talbott is a member of the ASHA Financial Planning Board and has served in that capacity since 2014.

Talbott is an ASHA Fellow and received the Honors of the Association in 2008. His previous ASHA volunteer service roles include serving as the first audiology co-chair of the ASHA Convention in 1999 and serving as a member of the Educational Standards Board, Council on Professional Standards, Scientific and Professional Planning Board, Council for Academic Accreditation, Leadership Review Panel, Ad Hoc Committee on Nominations and Elections, and the ASH Foundation Board of Trustees. His professional leadership roles have included chair, ASHA Honors Committee; chair, ASHA Ad Hoc Committee of Feasibility of Doctoral Education in Audiology; co-chair for Audiology, Council on Academic Accreditation; chair, ASHA Council on Professional Standards; chair, CAA Nominations and Election Committee; president, Georgia State Speech and Hearing Association; president, Oklahoma State Speech and Hearing Association; president, Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; president, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions; and vice president and treasurer, ASHFoundation Board of Trustees.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

There are very few, if any, decisions of the Board of Directors that do not have some financial impact. My major priority as the vice president for finance would be to work with colleagues on the Board to ensure that we maintain the highest standard of care as dictated by our fiduciary duty of care, loyalty and obedience to our governing documents. Our decisions must be benchmarked by ASHA’s stated mission to empower and support our membership through advancing science, setting standards, fostering excellence in professional practice, and advocating for members and those they serve in a fiscally responsible manner. The maintenance of the excellent collaborative relationship between the ASHA administrative staff and the Board of Directors would be step one in achieving this priority. 

Why are you running for Vice President for Finance on the ASHA Board of Directors?

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