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

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The APA executive board welcomes and encourages the active participation of all members. Indicate your interest in becoming more active in APA via the interest form below. 
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Coffee 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.

  • JUNE—Student Assessment. Time/date/location TBD. Presented by Ciji Heiserdirector of assessment and effectiveness.

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.

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019—Noon to 1 p.m., Bernhard Center Rooms 157-158. President Montgomery will join us to discuss progress on addressing APA concerns.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019—Hosted by Discover Kalamazoo--learn about all the event planning services DK offers to our community. Meeting video.

APA Awards Banquet

WMU President Montgomery with 2 employeesOpen to all; registration and fee required. Details coming soon.

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

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, March 13
  • Wednesday, April 10
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Wednesday, July 10


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).