Thank you to all who attended the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. It was a special conference as the theme of “Enhanced Learning in the Digital Age” proved very popular. This was evident in January when we received a record number of submittals of persons seeking to make a presentation focused on this theme. It was evident at the conference by the record attendance and the number of persons attending these sessions. It was also special as the conclusion of our year-long 25th Anniversary Celebration. I am grateful for the special presentation on Saturday as we presented the program, “Celebrating Our Success.”
Thank you to the Board of Directors and Personnel Committee for recognizingthat we need to share this story and bring staff on stage to be recognized for all they have contributed to this success with a special focus on my tenure with ACBSP. The conference was also a time of transition.
• We closed a time capsule on our first 25 years and we now look ahead to the next 25.
• During the business meetings, the members approved bylaws changes which create a new governing board with powers for accreditation activities, but not accreditation decisions, as these remain with the Boards of Commissioners, comparable to the power of the Board of Directors for operation activities. The accreditation staff will no longer report to the Executive Director/CEO but to this new board. The Executive Director/CEO will no longer serve as an ex-officio member of the two Boards of Commissioners or to the new board.
• The “Celebrating Our Success” presentation called attention to the fact that we have had two phases in our history — one of struggles during the first 12 years and one of success during the second 12 years.
As the title of this blog post implies, another transition is underway that was not stated during the conference. During the meetings of the Board of Directors and Personnel Committee on June 30, I announced my intent to retire by June 30, 2015. Members and others will ask, “Why he is retiring?” and most will be surprised.
Some should not be surprised as I have been stating that I would be retiring within a year or two and this was even mentioned in the position description in our search for a new Director of Operations/COO. I decided in May that now was the time but did not want this announcement to occur prior to the conference as this would have been a distraction for all the other celebrations and activities underway. Under most circumstances, I will be at the 2015 Annual Conference.
By the time of my departure I will have been with ACBSP for more than 12 years. This is longer than my tenure at any other association and the longest tenure of any ACBSP Executive Director. It has been my pleasure to help the volunteer leadership move ACBSP to new levels of success and service to our members. It is now time for someone else to move ACBSP to the next level and to create a third phase in our history, which starts now.