The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) has honored Donald O. Fedder, DrPH, MPH, BSP, FAPhA, BOC’s founder and first CEO, by dedicating a new wing in its headquarters to him. The “Don Fedder Suite” expands BOC’s Owings Mills, Maryland, offices by more than one-third, to a total of nearly 4,000 square feet.
All four of BOC’s CEOs-Fedder; James Newberry Jr., BOCPO, BOCPD, who succeeded Fedder; Greg Safko, MA, who served after Newberry; and Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, BOC’s current CEO-attended the July dedication ceremony, according to a BOC press release. The ribbon-cutting event was a surprise for Fedder, who was accompanied by his wife, daughter, and grandson. Additional guests included BOC’s 16-member staff, friends of the Fedders, and several former BOC staff and board members.
“This seems an appropriate way to recognize Dr. Fedder’s vision of O&P capacity-building, as well as a way to underscore BOC’s continued commitment to that vision,” Zacharias said as she and Fedder jointly cut the ribbon to open the new office space. “The fact that we continue to expand our staff, our certification and accreditation programs, and our presence on the national and international stage is a tribute to BOC’s leaders,” Zacharias added. “Don Fedder played a formative role in BOC’s success, and on behalf of our board of directors, it’s a pleasure to formally thank him by naming this new space after our founder, Don Fedder.”
In thanking BOC, Fedder said he felt privileged to be given the opportunity through BOC not only to teach others but to help equip them to serve their communities.