“Repertoire & Standards is the heart of ACDA.”

I have heard this statement, or some variation of it, repeatedly over the years. I believe that it is true. The mission of ACDA is accomplished most thoroughly through the identification, dissemination, and performance of great repertoire. R&S is the also avenue through which ACDA identifies leaders, who in turn become advocates and resources for the constituencies they serve.

R&S in ACDA has gone through numerous adjustments over the years in a sincere effort to meet the needs of an evolving profession. Sweeping change, though, has been difficult for a variety of reasons, although most agree that the model we have used has become cumbersome and unwieldy.

It was my privilege to attend the ACDA National Board meeting last June to see the final steps in what has been a lengthy process to accomplish positive change in Repertoire & Standards. I was concerned about the implications, and asked many questions. It was a wonderful thing to see the careful consideration that has been part of the planning; there is a sincere, over-arching desire to serve ACDA’s membership with effectiveness.

The changes to R&S – the first of which will be to call it R&R (Repertoire & Resources) – bring increased flexibility, clarity, and functionality to the state, division, and national levels of ACDA. I encourage you to read the rationale written by Amy Blosser, National R&S Chair, and to vote for the amendment to the ACDA Constitution & By-Laws that will allow for this re-structuring.

I am grateful for the many people who have given countless hours to this process, and I look forward to the newest incarnation of the heart of ACDA.

Alicia W. Walker

President, Southern Division ACDA


1973-1974 – Colleen Kirk ?

1976-1977 – Robert K. Baar

1977-1978 – David Stutzenberger

1978-1979 – Unknown by ACDA Archives

1979-1980 – Phyllis J. Merrit

1980-1981 – Unknown by ACDA Archives

1981-1982 – Unknown by ACDA Archives

1982-1983 – Thomas R. Smith

1983-1984 – Larry D. Wyatt

1984-1986 – Elaine McNamara

1986-1989 – John Haberlen

1989-1991 – Bingham Vick

1991-1993 – Mitzi Groom

1993-1995 – Milburn Price

1995-1997 – Ken Fulton

1997-1999 – Donald Trott

1999-2001 – Lynne Gackle

2001-2003 – Andre J. Thomas

2003-2005 – Jerry Warren

2005-2007 – Sara Lynn Baird

2007-2009 – David Castleberry

2009-2011 – Bradley Almquist

2011-2013 – Tom Shelton

2013-2015 – Kevin Fenton

2015-2017 - Alicia Walker

2017-2019 - Gary Packwood