President-elect Melvene D. Hardee initiated the ACPA Commission system with Gordon Klopf during the summer of 1961. The Commissions were activated to develop the 1963 Boston convention program. During 1961-63, approximately 250 people were in­volved under the Hardee-Klopf leadership.

Commissions were created in 1961 to serve three basic purposes:

  1. To establish an organizational framework which would involve ACPA's members more directly in policy formation and professional development;

  2. To distribute responsibility among a greater number of individuals interested in specific areas of our profession; and

  3. To provide for broader based participation in the planning and management of the Association.

Originally, twelve Commissions were established, with the modern-day Commission for Administrative Leadership created as "Commission I." Since its inception, Commission I/the Commission for Administrative Leadership has supported the goals of ACPA and taken the lead in many areas. 

The Commission for Administrative Leadership will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with the #ACPA21 Convention.

Commission Accomplishments

  • Proposed the development of the Mid-Level Management Institute, now known as the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute

  • Developed Mid-Level Management Modules I-V

  • Created the Task Force the ultimately resulted in the original Standing Commitee on Disabilities, now known as the Coalition for (Dis)Ability

  • Started the Student Affairs Professionals at Smaller Colleges and Universities Interest Group

  • Started the Technology Interest Group

  • Created the structure for leadership within Commissions, specifically the Vice Chair positions