President's Message Continued
Will Rogers once said, “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Thanks to the vision and leadership of our past president Jim Young and a group of 27 dedicated members, I’m happy to report that APLG is on the right track and will not be hit by a moving train anytime soon. After more than a year of work drafting a new strategic plan for our group, APLG is becoming "the premier resource and voice for the accounting program leadership community."
While drafting the plan was a challenging task, the real challenge comes now as we start its implementation. A first step in this implementation is a change in our organizational structure and bylaws to reflect the plan’s strategic initiatives. Watch your email in early January for an announcement about reviewing and voting on these proposed bylaws changes. And another big thanks to Jim Young for drafting this proposal.
For the past six months, Frank Buckless (North Carolina State), Marc Rubin (Miami – Ohio) and Sandy Richtermeyer (Xavier) have been working with the FSA on our behalf planning the 2013 APLG/FSA mid-year meeting to be held February 10-12, 2013. I’ve seen a preliminary program and it promises to be a very informative meeting. Continuing a change from last year, there will not be a separate “new chair’s seminar” this year. Since the new chair’s seminar was often attended by as many experienced chairs as new chairs, the committee decided to include everyone in all sessions, so the meeting will begin for everyone at 8:30 on Sunday morning. Registration is now open at http://aaahq.org/aplg/seminars/2013/registration.cfm, so reserve your spot at the DoubleTree San Diego Mission Valley today.
The next few months will be exciting times for APLG as we begin implementing our new strategic initiatives. If you haven’t reviewed the strategic plan yet, it is available on our website at http://aaahq.org/aplg/index.htm#About. Take a look at it and see where you might want to plug in; there will be plenty of room for you to get involved.
Remember, the APLG is YOUR organization, so take advantage of all we have to offer.
See you in San Diego!
Walter Plumhoff Professor of Accounting
Emerson O. Henke Chair of Accountancy
Department of Accounting and Business Law
Hankamer School of Business
Waco, TX 76798-8002