WASHINGTON, DC, March 30, 2016 - The American Sociological Association (ASA) announced today that Nancy Weinberg Kidd will succeed the retiring Sally T. Hillsman as the Association's executive officer in September.
Kidd, who earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, is currently the executive director of the National Communication Association (NCA) in Washington, D.C.
"As a sociologist and an experienced executive director of a scholarly association, Nancy Weinberg Kidd
is ready to lead and to work with our excellent staff," said ASA
Secretary Mary Romero, who chairs the Association's Committee on the Executive Office and Budget, which served as the search committee for Hillsman's successor.
Kidd began her career as a program officer for the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City, where she worked with sociologists engaged in innovative scholarship around the world.
She then moved to Miami to serve as the assistant director for policy at the South Florida Workforce Board, the regional organization charged with disseminating federal funds related to employment, including welfare and job training dollars.
Subsequently, Kidd established and led a strategic management division of a Washington, D.C.-based contractor that provides consulting to federal government agencies and then ran a division of the Corporate Executive Board, where she provided strategic research to a membership of senior executives at the world's leading corporations.
Since becoming NCA executive director in 2009, Nancy has helped the discipline of communication achieve greater national prominence, both within the academy and in the broader public realm.
also has established new programs to support NCA members' teaching and research efforts, as well as their career development.
"I am excited about joining ASA in this role," Kidd said.
"Having been a member of the Association for more than 20 years, it will be an honor and privilege to serve as the executive officer of sociology's professional home.
I look forward to working with ASA's
more than 12,000 members to support their professional needs and to ensure that the discipline continues to play a vibrant role in the academy and in the broader public realm."
and Hillsman will remain in their current positions until September.
I am confident that Nancy Weinberg Kidd
brings the right experience to the leadership of the Executive Office and will take the Association in new and exciting directions going forward."