In 1978, the AAPA House of Delegates became the policy-making and legislative body of the Academy. William Hughes was the first speaker of the house. “The house of Delegates (HOD) is responsible for enacting policies establishing the collective values, philosophies, and principals of the PA profession”. The voting delegates are made up of the student academy (SAAPA), twenty-six specialty organizations, fifty-six chapters representing the 50 states (five federal services, and the district of Columbia), eight caucuses of individuals sharing common interest related to healthcare, and the current and immediate past house officers are at large and vote. They have an effective voice in all the academic activities by making recommendations and…show more content… Munsell, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA (Chair), Monica Foote Ward, MPAS, PA-C, ATC (Chair-elect), Alan Bybee, PA-C, DFAAPA, CPAAPA (Trustee), Susan Salahshor, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (Immediate Past Chair), Jennifer L. Dorn, AAPA Chief Executive Officer (Treasurer), Tillie Fowler, AAPA Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Government Relations (Assistant Treasurer), Kristin Butterfield, AAPA Director of Grassroots and Political Advocacy, Ex-officio.
Later in 1981 significant programs were established and it includes AAPA’s Annual Academy Awards program and AAPA’s Regionalization Plan. The Awards program recognizes members, students, and organizations offering outstanding service to patients, the community, the PA profession and the academy. The regionalization plan established its AAPA locations in West, Southeast, North, Northeast, North central, and South central. In 1982, the annual PA conference was held in Washington DC and there were more than 2500 participants attended the event. In 1984, Judith B. Willis, PA-C, was elected as the first women president of AAPA. She was serving on the board of directors from 1980- 1986. She later served in the Director of research at the AAPA in Alexandria in 1988. Her tireless contributions to the AAPA, PA profession and community are inevitable. She developed a new research division and all research activities on the PA profession and practice focused on several areas including: pharmaceutical research,