With David Niose taking over the role of President of the Secular Coalition for America, there was a vacancy in the role of President of the American Humanist Association.
Hale is the 20th president, and the 4th woman, to serve in the organization’s history. She will preside over the current AHA board of directors, which is comprised of six women and six men. The last female president of the AHA was Suzanne Paul of Farmington, Michigan, whose term completed in 1992.
As AHA president, Hale hopes to help raise public awareness and acceptance of humanism, advancing the AHA’s agenda of supporting public policy based on reason and science.
“A decade ago, the idea that you can be ‘good without a god’ was still new to the general public,” said Hale. “Today, the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans is growing at a significant rate, and it’s time for our elected leaders to take notice.”
It’s a strong selection and I have no doubt in Hale’s ability to lead the organization to new frontiers.