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NASAA Gavel Passes to Wellman

August 20, 2015
Outgoing President Joe Wescott, left,  passes the NASAA gavel to incoming President Dan Wellman. 

 Dan Wellman, director of the Illinois State Approving Agency, was elected NASAA President at the 2015 Summer Business Meeting held in Indianapolis.  Wellman succeeds Joe Wescott of North Carolina, who will now become NASAA’s Legislative Director.

Wellman is Administrator of the Veterans Education and Training Section of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.  He has worked at the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs since July 1997.  As the Administrator of the Veterans Education and Training Section, a position he has held since 2013, he oversees the State Approving Agency, Troops-to-Teachers, Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship, and Children's Educational Opportunities Grant.  
 
He retired from the Illinois Army National Guard in August, 2007.  He has a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Western Illinois University and a master's degree in history from the University of Illinois-Springfield.   Wellman serves as an adjunct faculty member in history at Robert Morris University in Peoria and Springfield. 
 
He is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Military Officers Association of America.   He served two years as NASAA’s Vice President before being elected President.
 
With a new president came a new tradition.  Outgoing President Wescott presented a handmade gavel to the association, then passed it to Wellman as a sign of the change in the presidency.  The gavel was hand carved by Wescott’s uncle, Danny Galloway, from a solid block of North Carolina cedar.  It was given in memory of Malcom Galloway, an Army veteran from North Carolina who served as a tanker in Patton’s Third Army during World War II.