The following news was sent to all Academy members this morning. I am
posting it on the OandP Listserve for the benefit of those who might not see
ACADEMY ELECTS TO MOVE
FROM 1650 KING STREET
Citing escalating costs, the Academy Board voted to move the association’s
offices from its current address to less expensive quarters in the same
local area when the lease expires in May 2001.
President Stephanie D. Langdon-Bash, CPO, FAAOP said the Academy had felt
for some time that its costs associated with co-locating with the other O&P
associations were out of control. “We appreciated the convenience and
communication that naturally flowed between the sister organizations at 1650
King Street, but our fixed costs were climbing too fast,” she explained.
She noted the Academy’s share of the National Office Allocation had doubled
to more than $400,000 in less than four years with no appreciable increase
President-Elect Thomas V. DiBello, CO, FAAOP echoed Bash’s comments. “We
have a fiduciary responsibility to our members to direct their monies in a
manner as economically as possible,” he said. “Any savings will be plowed
back into member programs and research projects.” DiBello also vowed to
ensure the continued close communication and coordination with the sister
organizations regardless of their office locations. “With today’s
technology, whether we’re across the hall or across town, we can still
continue to work closely with AOPA and ABC,” he offered.
Academy staff will begin their search for affordable office space in the
Alexandria area. Approximately 2500 square feet of space will be needed to
house the staff and files.
– END –
Tom Gorski, CAE
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists