The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced three new members of their Board of Directors, chosen by their respective constituent membership. Welcome Joe Mullins, David Smith, and John Goad.
The IBMA allows their professional members to select from among several categories when they join, with a Board member elected by each one. There are also a number of at-large seats, and one to represent young grassers. Board positions are for three year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms. Elections are staggered so that only a few seats are open in any given year.
The new Board members for 2014, whose terms begin in October, are:
Joe Mullins: familiar to Bluegrass Today readers as the leader of the powerful traditional bluegrass band, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Joe is also the owner/operator of a number of radio stations in southern Ohio. His father, Paul “Moon” Mullins, had followed the same path, as both an on-air radio announcer and a bluegrass musician. Moon was a founding member of the legendary Boys from Indiana.
Joe was elected to represent the Artists, Composers and Publishers constituency, filling the spot vacated by Carl Jackson.
David Smith: from North Dakota, David is the new representative for the Broadcasters in the organization. A native Virginian, David says that it was listening to WAMU from Washington, DC as a child that piqued his interest in bluegrass – and fostered a life-long passion for radio. He now hosts a show on Prairie Public Radio, which is carried on public radio stations across the state. David is also an occasional contributor to Bluegrass Today.
He replaces Ned Luberecki in this seat.
John Goad: our very own Special Correspondent! John will take Craig Havighurst’s spot representing the Print, Media and Education constituency. He is currently finishing a pair of Masters degrees at East Tennessee State University, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant. Once a week he puts on his best hillbilly deluxe for the Bluegrass Today Bluegrass Weather Report, and writes reviews and other news coverage for us as well.
After college he plans a career teaching Appalachian Studies in higher education.
Well done IBMA members. You’ve chosen well!