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Rebecca Martin Announces Stepping Down as NASH Executive Director

November 8, 2022

National search for new leader to begin in January 2023

Washington, D.C. – Rebecca Martin, executive director of the National Association of System Heads (NASH), today announced that she will be moving on from the role she has held for nearly a decade.

Under Martin’s leadership, NASH has collaborated with its member systems through economic downturns, racial unrest, and the pandemic. Her tenure is highlighted by initiatives including NASH’s Equity Action Framework and the Taking Student Success to Scale (TS3) network.

“Over the past ten years, we have worked together to improve student success and close equity gaps. We have been challenged to make change collectively, innovating across our systems rather than one campus at a time, said Martin. “And now as we have launched the Power of Systems, which promises to position NASH and its members at the forefront of reimagining what higher education can achieve, I can move on with more confidence than ever in the future of our growing organization.”

The NASH Board of Directors under the leadership of its chairman Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State, will begin the search for the next leader of NASH in January 2023. The Board has tapped Nancy Zimpher, director of the Power of Systems at NASH and chancellor emeritus of the State University of New York, as well as the Association of Governing Boards, to assist with the search.

Those interested in applying or nominating someone for the position should contact Jessica Todtman at

About the National Association of System Heads
Founded in 1979, the National Association of System Heads (NASH) represents chief executives of the 65 public higher education systems in the United States. Member institutions work collaboratively to advance innovation and change in public systems of colleges and universities. To learn more about NASH and its national initiative, the Power of Systems, visit


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