NEA-NM Executive Director
The NEA-NM Board of Directors unanimously selected Dr. Earl Wiman as the Association’s Executive Director at its July 2020 Board of Directors meeting after serving as the interim NEA-NM Executive Director for six months. Dr. Wiman comes to NEA-NM with a wealth of experience. While serving 6 years on the National Education Association Executive Committee, Dr. Wiman helped to shape NEA’s signature initiative around “Leading the Professions”, and he also served on the core leadership team that developed a competency framework designed to prepare NEA members for positions of leadership in their state and local association.
Dr. Wiman served on the Accountability Task Force, which developed a full system of public school accountability and support that moves beyond the narrowly focused and punitive test-based approach. In addition, he served on the Conference Alignment Committee as well as the Leadership Summit Design Team. He also served as the Executive Committee liaison to several NEA committees: Women’s Issues, Bylaw 3-1(g), SOGI, Legislative, as well as chair of the Higher Education Conference Planning Committee.
Prior to joining the NEA Executive Committee, Dr. Wiman was president of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) from 2006 – 2010. He served two terms as TEA’s vice president and was a member of the state association’s Board of Directors. His Association leadership includes two terms serving as president of the Jackson-Madison County Education Association, six years on the NEA Resolutions Committee, and served as vice president for governance for the National Council of State Education Associations.
Dr. Wiman’s roots in public education run deep. He worked in Tennessee’s public schools for 35 years as a kindergarten teacher, principal, and librarian. One of the highlights of his career: creating and implementing the Teacher Leadership Institute for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The Institute—which grew out of a joint initiative between his district and the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association (MNEA), provides highly collaborative teachers an opportunity to develop the leadership skills necessary to serve in non-traditional school and school district leadership positions. Dr. Wiman also played a key role to increase the number of national board-certified teachers in Nashville, TN.
Equally notable, is Dr. Wiman’s work in the community. He is recognized by the Jackson-Madison County, Tennessee chapter of the NAACP for his exemplary work in race relations.
Dr. Wiman earned his bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, TN, a master’s degree in education from the University of Memphis, TN, and holds a doctorate in education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.