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Congrats, Dean Wheeler, NASW Board President!

We are excited to congratulate our dean, Dr. Darrell Wheeler, on his election as President-elect of the National Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW*). Having been a member of NASW since 1986 and having served in numerous positions on the local and national level, it is fitting that Dr. Wheeler be elected into this role.

Dr. Wheeler served NASW as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania local chapter, he was assigned to the Political Action Committee in Pennsylvania, he was a board member of New York City’s local chapter, he served as the Region II representative to the National Board, and he also served as Vice President of the National Board of Directors. Throughout his tenure with NASW, he has always participated as a member of his local chapters as well – in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York City, and now in Illinois.

Dean Wheeler joked that he ran for this position in order to “fill the void in his free time,” but he feels that, given his prior experience, he’s developed the right sense of his professional self at this time to serve as President of the Board. The role is a volunteer position, working with NASW’s executive director and full-time staff (in Washington, D.C.) to oversee the work of the organization as a whole.

Dr. Wheeler sees this opportunity as the chance to evaluate what NASW and its leaders, board members, and chapter members are doing nationally and how the organizations’ work can be strengthened. Among Dr. Wheeler’s many goals as board President, he hopes to ensure that the products offered to NASW members are products that they want and need, to work with other organizations to ensure that the organization remains relevant in its offerings, and to work with NASW staff to maintain a fiscally sound and competitive organization. Dr. Wheeler looks forward to learning from prior staff and members across the nation to further develop an understanding of how the organization can produce products that are broadly needed as well as locally useful.

Congratulations, Dr. Wheeler! We look forward to learning of NASW’s future progress with your support as board President.


*NASW, the largest membership organization of professional social workers, works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

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