I hope everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to the 2014-2015 academic year at their perspective institutions. We had a great meeting at the Southeastern Theatre Conference 2014 in Mobile Alabama. It was standing room only! (Imagine opening night with a full house.) It was wonderful seeing so many of you at the APO meeting, displaying your APO paraphernalia, mixing and mingling, and sharing the awesome ideas and initiatives that were taking place at your university with APO. I’m looking forward to seeing even more of the membership at SETC 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee at our next national business meeting. But before I share more on that topic, I wish to thank Tommy Cox for graciously agreeing to continue to serve as Vice-President of APO until further notice. The National Officers had selected a candidate for the position, and we were preparing to hold the vote at the March 2014 meeting for his election, but unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, the individual was currently unable to serve. So, we are excited that Mr. Tommy Cox will continue as VP. His dedication and commitment to the organization is unwavering. I wish to thank all of those who expressed an interest in serving the organization. Also, I wish to personally welcome Associate Professor H. Keith Hight as our new Region 3 Representative. Professor Hight is the coordinator for the Theatre/Dance program at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, Maryland. He‘s had a long-standing affiliation with APO since his college days at UNC-Pembroke. Professor Hight has worked with existing APO chapters and started APO/ DPO chapters at the institutions he has been affiliated with during his many years of collegiate teaching. In his own words, “I am a strong believer in this organization and all that it does.” So, welcome Professor Hight! And finally, I want to thank Dr. Bret Jones and Mr. Joel Lord for the tremendous job they do to serve this organization on a daily basis. You guys are the best!
Now on to a few business items concerning the organization:
Thank you for placing your confidence in me to serve as President of APO. I’m now moving into my third year and it continues to be a joy to hear from students and faculty all across the country with matters concerning the organization. Have a great year and continue to adhere to our motto: “Seek a life useful by the one and only road of service.”- Break-a-leg!