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"2012 APPA Fellow Encourages Colleagues to Say Yes to Opportunities to Serve"
Author: Thaler-Carter, Ruth E.,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: September/October 2012

It should be no surprise that the 2012 APPA Fellow is William (Bill) Elvey, P.E., FMP. He has served the association from the grassroots level up through its highest ranks and created a still-continuing legacy of excellence and engagement--his theme when serving as APPA President--that has led to new services, programs, and partnerships for the association. Elvey's modest response to this prestigious honor is that "one big reason this happened is that I've always had a problem saying no." To be anointed with APPA's most prestigious individual honor, which recognizes past achievements and expected future service, a member must be an active member of APPA for ten years, graduate from APPA's Institute for Facilities Management and the Leadership Academy, complete an approved research project under APPA's Center for Facilities Research (CFaR), and formally apply for the Fellow designation. Applications include letters of recommendations from colleagues, are reviewed and approved by APPA's Professional Affairs Committee, and must receive endorsement by the APPA Board of Directors. The required CFaR project usually involves being a research investigator on an individual project. Elvey took a different approach: his qualifying project is based on his role as APPA's representative to NACUBO's national Campus Safety and Security Project Survey. Elvey intends to continue to be a guiding force behind his colleagues' professional growth and development within APPA, not least by encouraging other APPA members to aim for the association's highest honor. Members can expect Elvey to serve as an example by continuing to say yes.

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