AHA Activities

New AHA Executive Assistant and Convention Manager

AHA Staff, November 1988

Sharon K. Tune, formerly AHA administrative and editorial assistant, was promoted to executive assistant and convention manager, September 1, 1988. She succeeds Eileen Gaylard, who retired from that position this past August.

Sharon began her tenure with the Association as Eileen Gaylard's assistant, she has since worked on two of the AHA's major teaching projects, the Constitutional History in the Schools Program and the History Teaching Alliance. As editorial assistant she has been responsible for the preparation of the AHA General Meeting booklet, Reports of the Vice-Presidents, the Directory of Affiliated Societies, and has worked on the Annual Meeting Program and Annual Report.

She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in English and history/political science from the School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri, in 1976 and was granted lifetime certification to teach both English and history from the Missouri Department of Education. Sharon then pursued a Juris Doctorate at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She interrupted her law studies for one year to teach English, ninth through twelfth grade at the Miller County R-III School District. Although she enjoyed teaching, she returned to finish her J.D. and was graduated from the University of Missouri in 1980. She has since worked for Congressman Richard Ichord, (D-MO), as a legislative assistant both in offices located in Misouri and on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Upon Ichord's retirement from Congress, she came to work for the AHA in 1981.

Under the title of executive assistant and convention manager, Sharon will also be responsible for copyright permissions, administration of AHA fellowship programs, the Annual Program and Annual Report, coordinating AHA divisional meetings and agenda, supervision of AHA headquarters activities for annual meetings, supervision of executive office staff in Washington as well as a myriad of administrative tasks that go with the overseeing of a major humanities association.