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Past NASAO Presidents

From 1931-1996 the senior elected NASAO officer held the title “President”.

Past NASAO Presidents

1931

Frank M. McKee, Ohio

1932

Reed G. Landis, Illinois

1933

L.H. Brittin, Minnesota

1934

Fred L. Smith, Ohio

1935

Fred B. Sheriff, Montana

1936

Gill Robb Wilson, New Jersey

1937

Floyd E. Evans, Michigan

1938

Charles L. Morris, Connecticut

1939

Douglas O. Langstaff, Louisiana

1940

Dexter C. Martin, South Carolina

1941

Asa Rountree, Jr., Alabama

1944

Sheldon Steers, Montana

1945

William Anderson, Pennsylvania

1946

Lester Schroeder, Minnesota

1947

Clarence F. Cornish, Indiana

1948

Edward F. Knapp, Vermont

1949

James D. Ramsey, Michigan

1950

Crocker Snow, Massachusetts

1951

C.E.A. Brown, Ohio

1952

Joseph K. McLaughlin, Illinois

1953

Charles Gartrell, Kentucky

1954

Claude B. Friday, New York

1955

C.A. Bud Moore, Mississippi

1956

Arthur E. Abney, Illinois

1957

George M. Nelson, Wyoming

1958

James E. Martin, Tennessee

1959

H.B. Wetherell, Connecticut

1960

Clyde P. Barnett, California

1961

R.L. Cunningham, Indiana

1962

Gerald C. Merchant, South Carolina

1963

James Vercellino, Arizona

1964

Harlon W. Bement, Utah

1965

J.E. Wenzel, Illinois

1966

Thomas K. Jordan, Wisconsin

1967

Charles A. Lynch, Montana

1968

Francis R. Gerard, New Jersey

1969

Lawrence E. McCabe, Minnesota

1970

Willard G. Plentl, Sr., Virginia

1971

Joseph R. Crotti, California

1972

Charles Murphy, Texas

1973

Grover C. Jones, Florida

1974

Fritz E. Wolf, Wisconsin

1975

Harold G. Vavra, North Dakota

1976

Paul E. Burket, Oregon

1977

Paul E. Burket, Oregon

1978

Grover C. Jones, Florida

1979

A.H. (Rick) Childs, Pennsylvania

1980

Monte R. Schneider, South Dakota

1981

David L. Blackshear, Louisiana

1982

Clarence M. Cook, New York

1983

Willard G. Plentl, Jr., North Carolina

1984

Sonny Najera, Arizona

1985

C.A. (Clay) Wilkins, Texas

1986

David S. Fulton, Tennessee

1987

Kenneth A. Rowe, Virginia

1988

Arnold R. Stymest, Massachusetts

1989

Jack D. Kemmerly, California

1990

Michael D. Ferguson, Montana

1991

W. Luke Cousins, III, Georgia

1992

Raymond J Rought, Minnesota

1993

Charles H. Hostetter, A.A.E., Pennsylvania

1994

Harold W. Buker, Jr., New Hampshire

1995

Gary R. Ness, North Dakota

1996

Gary Adams, Arizona

 

Past NASAO Chairmen

In 1997 the title “President” was changed to “Chairman”.

1997

Lloyd Parr, Missouri

1998

Robert W. Kunkel, Wisconsin

1999

William E. Gehman, Michigan

2000

Kenneth F. Wiegand, Virginia

2001

John C. Eagerton, IV, Alabama

2002

Jack W. Ferns, New Hampshire

2003

John D “Mike” Rice, New Mexico

2004

Susan V. Chernenko, West Virginia

2005

David M. Greene, Wisconsin

2006

Richard Turner, Vermont

2007

Travis Vallin, Colorado

2008

Travis Vallin, Colorado

2009

Michelle McEnany, Iowa

2010

Victor Bird, Oklahoma

2011

Randall P Burdette, Virginia

2012

Joe Pestka, Missouri
Debbie Alke, Montana

2013

Tommy Booth, Mississippi

2014

Christopher J. Willenborg, Massachusetts

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