Candidate for Vice President for Finance: John Folkins

John Folkins

John Folkins is a speech scientist who has studied a broad range of speech disorders including craniofacial anomalies, stuttering, dysarthria, and speech of those with hearing impairment.   

His ASHA leadership experience includes: Twice providing testimony for ASHA to the U.S. Senate; member of 17 ASHA boards and committees (including Publications Board and Financial Planning Board); Editor, Speech, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; ASHA Fellow; founding coordinator for SIG 5 (Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders) and associate coordinator for SIG 10 (Issues in Higher Education); recognition for significant contribution, ASHA PAC; recipient of Editor’s Award for Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders.  

His campus leadership includes: Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa; Associate Provost, University of Iowa; Provost, Bowling Green State University; Faculty Senate Chair, Bowling Green State University; Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Bowling Green State University.

Other leadership activities include: Award for Distinguished Contribution, Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; external program reviewer for nine CSD departments; more than 20 years of research funding from the National Institutes of Health; member, Advisory Council of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD); Fellow, Acoustical Society of America; Associate Editor, Speech,The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America; Trustee, Iowa School for the Deaf; Chair, Undergraduate Committee of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (with 4.8 million undergraduates); service to other associations including the Association of American Universities, Inter-University Council of Ohio, Big Ten’s Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and Ohio and Iowa Boards of Regents.

 At the University of Iowa, Folkins had line responsibility for a $27 million budget as associate provost and one of two direct-line financial advisers to the provost, responsible for an academic budget of approximately $400 million; at Bowling Green State University, he had responsibility for an academic budget of approximately $260 million as provost; at ASHA, service on the Association’s Financial Planning Board.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

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

Fiscal responsibility is the top priority. This includes ensuring that ASHA follows sound financial management practices, expenditures are appropriate, and investments are sound. Further, there must be creative and responsible planning for the future. Resources must be available to support growth and expansion of services. Most of all though, as ASHA membership increases, there is more income to the association, yet some of the costs are fixed. For example, expenditures for the scholarly publication program or the physical plant at the National Office are not directly impacted by membership growth. The convention makes more money when attendance is high. When membership grows, are their ways to reduce fees or otherwise pass these savings back to the membership?

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

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