I hope your transition to a new academic year is going well. I am excited to let you know of my plans to retire from my Executive Director position at the end of 2017. However, as I shared with the AAEE Board, my decision is bittersweet. Ironically, the “bitter” is due to so much that is sweet! I have thoroughly enjoyed my affiliation with AAEE, from various roles on the board, to serving as President, Interim Executive Director, and Executive Director. I am particularly proud of the improvements implemented during my leadership and the promising future that continues to unfold for AAEE.
I’d like to thank the board for their leadership, collaboration and support. I must also thank Sara Russell for her partnership in all aspects of my work. I’m very proud of the sense of team we have developed—this could not have occurred without Sara’s competency, collegiality and diligence. Finally, I’m grateful to you—our community of educators—for the wonderful relationships I’ve been privileged to develop with our membership. As you can see, it is going to be challenging for me to leave my position and my colleagues. However, because it is gratifying for me to consider the organization we have built, my departure will be sweet, too.
As a former career counselor, I’ve used words like “deceleration” and “reinvention” to refer to retirement. Now, I’m eager to apply these terms to the next phase of my career journey and to be able to reconfigure my schedule with more time for family (i.e. grandkids!), reading, exploring, spending time with friends, volunteering, and being open to new possibilities.
During the remainder of my tenure, I will continue to invest fully in AAEE; however, I wanted to announce my retirement early so that the board and I could collaborate to provide a favorable transition for a new Executive Director. Thank you for the opportunity to serve alongside great colleagues and in a key role within an excellent professional association. I hope to see you at our annual conference and fair in Pittsburgh, October 24-26!
Deborah R. Snyder, Executive Director
American Association for Employment in Education
firstname.lastname@example.org; 614.800.1722; www.aaee.org
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Thank you, Deb. Colleagues, I hope this communication finds you well and ready to begin a new academic year. It is my hope that you can join me in congratulating our Executive Director, Deb Snyder, in her retirement announcement for the end of this year. Having served in an Executive Director capacity since 2015, there have been a great number of contributions Deb has provided leadership to our association for, including:
- Upgrading our infrastructure
- Enhancing our tradition of substantial annual conferences and fairs
- Building new partnerships and stronger collaborations
- Developing engaging and consistent communication channels
- Implementing new initiatives such as webinars and a strategic, comprehensive approach to membership development
- Stabilizing our financial status by increasing our assets by 57% after two fiscal years
For seven years, I had the privilege of seeing Deb serve on the AAEE Board in various capacities. During this time, Deb demonstrated her loyalty and commitment to the association. Everything Deb worked on, every project she completed, every connection she made, was of impeccable quality and brought credibility to the association and its mission.
In light of Deb’s retirement announcement, AAEE will be starting a nationwide search for a new Executive Director. Look for details about the position to be released to the membership on September 1, 2017. I am confident that among our membership and other professional colleagues, we will find a quality individual who will be able to continue the excellent leadership Deb has provided AAEE as Executive Director.
As we move through these exciting times of transition, the conference planning committee is working hard to offer another great opportunity for all of us to connect for professional development, networking, and fun. I look forward to seeing you at the 84th AAEE Conference, Bridging Partnerships, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 24-26. Our Education Career Fair will occur October 26 in collaboration with Kappa Delta Pi’s national conference—providing an opportunity for recruiters to connect with future teachers from across the U.S. who are attending the education honorary’s conference. You can register for the conference and fair, and book your hotel through our AAEE website,www.aaee.org. Looking forward to connecting with all of you in Pittsburgh as we continue to build partnerships together!