• WMU APA employees at Bells Eccentric Cafe

    Annual Holiday Gathering at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

    Just one of many opportunities to network and socialize with colleagues from across campus.

APA logoThe Administrative Professional Association at Western Michigan University is an organization committed to advocating for the interests and concerns of its members categorized as salaried/exempt status in the WMU staff compensation system. The APA carries out its mission via a volunteer, elected executive board—supported by more than 250 APA members—who regularly meet and communicate with WMU's administration, other employees, and students to achieve mutually beneficial goals. The APA is committed to fostering professional development, recognition, and advancement of its members, and to develop positive relationships within the APA and with the University community through professional and social functions. Membership is optional via a modest annual fee. Learn more in our application brochure.

Active membership

Active membership in the association

      • Join perpetually for $12 per year via payroll deduction
      • Join for one year at $15 via payroll deduction
      • Join for one year at $15 with a check

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engagement and professional development Opportunities

APA coffee cupCoffee and Connections

Enjoy a complimentary beverage and learn more about the APA from active members at a casual meeting in a WMU Cafe. Dates and registration.

Lunch and Learn

Bring your lunch and join us for a quarterly presentation by an APA member with expertise in a particular area. Suggestions for presenters welcome through the Contact Us form—see menu at left.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018—"What's NOT in the Employee Handbook."
    Presented by Malia Roberts, Graduate College.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019—"Engage Every Student." Presented by Dr. Evan Heiser, director of WMU Signature.                    Noon to 1 p.m. Rooms 157-158 Bernhard Center

    What is student engagement and how can we help students to increase their engagement to best support their goals? Join us for this session in which Dr. Heiser will define student engagement and share relevant theories, as well as the methods WMU staff and faculty use to engage students in out-of-class experiences. He will give a brief overview of ExperienceWMU—the campus engagement platform available to all students, faculty, and staff—and WMU Signature, and provide direction on how staff and faculty can ensure students get credit for their engagement experiences. The session also includes an opportunity to develop strategies to increase student participation in programs and activities that do not require additional resources. Register.

Social gatherings 

APA social gatherings are open to members and their guests. Invitations are extended via email. Gatherings held in recent years include an annual holiday party, bowling night, and a group tour and pizza night at the College of Aviation.


General membership meetings

APA general membership meetings are open to any WMU employee interested in attending; membership is limited to WMU salaried exempt employees.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019—Hosted by Discover Kalamazoo--learn about all the event planning services DK offers to our community. Free bagged lunch. RSVP required by Feb. 20. Register.
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019—President Montgomery will join us to discuss progress on addressing APA concerns.

What do we do at general membership meetings? View presentations from the Sept. 27, 2018 general membership meeting here.

APA Awards Banquet

Open to all; registration and fee required. Details coming soon.

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019noon to 1:30 p.m., Fetzer Center

Executive board meetings

Board meetings are held monthly throughout the academic year. Attendance is limited to board members. Meeting minutes are posted for member review on the website as soon as possible after each meeting..

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019—Room 1730 Sangren Hall—joint with General Meeting and Discover Kalamazoo presentation
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019


The executive boards of WMU’s Administrative Professional Association and Professional Support Staff Organization periodically solicit input from employees through a survey open to salaried and hourly exempt status employees. The last survey was conducted in 2017 and a preliminary report was published and disseminated to membership of both organizations and WMU senior leadership. Survey results are guiding the efforts of both organizations to advocate on behalf of their membership and other WMU employees.

 Preliminary report (April 25, 2018) 


The Administrative Professional Association acknowledges WMU's broad definition of diversity approved by the WMU Board of Trustees in 2006 in the Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan. APA stands in support of the Western Student Association and its Statement of Solidarity, believe in the leadership of our students, and greatly value the diversity of our community. APA stands in support of the WMU-AAUP Resolution in Solidarity with Western Michigan University Students issued by the WMU chapter of the Association of American University Professors. APA is committed to assuring that our community members feel included, accepted, respected, and empowered, (see DMAP, page 8) in an institution where diversity is practiced, celebrated, affirmed, and vigorously pursued, (DMAP, page 9).