Shelly Nickols-Richardson Named President-Elect of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

July 25, 2007

Shelly Nickols-Richardson, PhD, RD, associate professor of nutritional sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, was named president-elect of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) at the recent AAFCS 98th Annual Conference & Expo in Reno, Nevada. In a formal installation ceremony, Nickols-Richardson and other AAFCS officers for the fiscal year 2007-2008 were officially sworn in by Past President Don Bower, CFCS, before an audience of nearly 900 members and other conference participants.

“I am honored to serve an organization that has been improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities for nearly 100 years,” said Nickols-Richardson. “The future of AAFCS is promising, and I look forward to leading our professional association into the next century of action.” 

An active and dedicated AAFCS member, Nickols-Richardson has held numerous AAFCS leadership roles at the state and national levels. She has served as AAFCS director-at-large and vice president of development, Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences associate editor, member of the AAFCS Membership, Development and Awards and Recognition Committees, secretary/treasurer of the AAFCS Nutrition, Health and Food Management Division, and treasurer of the Virginia Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. Nickols-Richardson has received many awards, including the AAFCS New Achievers award in recognition of her potential to make significant contributions to the family and consumer sciences profession.

During her close to 20 years of professional experience, Nickols-Richardson has worked as a clinical dietitian, and later clinical section chief of dietetics service, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Missouri, director of the didactic program in dietetics at Virginia Tech, associate professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech, and associate professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State. She has conducted research and published extensively in the areas of food, dietetics, and nutrition, with a focus on the impact of weight loss, weight loss diets, and restrained eating on bone mineral density and bone metabolism and how resistance training affects bone mineral density, bone quality, and bone metabolism across the life span. Nickols-Richardson has participated in grant-funded projects totaling more than $1 million.
Nickols-Richardson earned a bachelor's degree in food, nutrition and institutional administration (now called nutritional sciences) from Oklahoma State University and a master‚s and doctoral degree in foods and nutrition from The University of Georgia.

Other officers for the 2007-2008 fiscal year are Bonnie Braun, CFCS, president; Peggy Wild, CFCS, treasurer; Susan S. Shockey, CFCS, director of affiliates; Sue Buck, CFCS, director-at-large; M. Virginia Richards, CFCS, director-at-large; Kay M. Wilder, CFCS, director-at-large; Kristin L. Warner, Student Unit chair; Dixie R. Crase, CFCS, past president; and Carolyn W. Jackson, ex-officio, executive director.


Founded in 1909, AAFCS is the only national not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization providing leadership and support to FCS students and professionals in multiple practice settings. FCS professionals help individuals, families, and communities make informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS‚ 8,000 members are elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators; Cooperative Extension educators; and other professionals in business and industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government. With national headquarters based in Alexandria, Va., AAFCS has 52 affiliates located across the United States and Puerto Rico.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Gwynn Mason at 703-706-4600, ext. 4621, or

- hhd -

Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or