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Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(April 25, 2007)--Administrative Professionals Day is April 25. The day recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries, administrative assistants and other office professionals for their growing and diverse contributions to the work place.

"I encourage everyone at UTSA to express appreciation to our administrative staff members," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "They face increasing demands every semester, and we couldn't get the job done without them."

Administrative Professionals Week was organized in 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and a consortium of office product manufacturers.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer proclaimed the first National Secretaries Week, June 1-7, 1952, with Wednesday, June 4 designated National Secretaries Day. In 1955, the National Secretaries Association changed the date of National Secretaries Week to the last full week of April with Wednesday of that week designated National Secretaries Day. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981 when the National Secretaries Association became Professional Secretaries International (PSI).

In 1998, PSI changed its name to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) to reflect the expanding role of office staff. In 2000, the official sponsor of the event, IAAP, announced that the name would change to "Administrative Professionals Day" to keep in step with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of today's administrative work force.

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