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Jay Donohue Takes Reins of IAAP
Gerald J. “Jay” Donohue, Jr., CAE, CMP, recently stepped in as the new executive director of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Donohue’s new position marks a homecoming for a man with deep connections to the Kansas City region. It also launches a new era for the association, which is nearing its 70th anniversary.
Donohue arrives at IAAP with an impressive resume in association and event management. For over 25 years, he led or helped lead the International Association of Defense Counsel, Academy of General Dentistry, Professional Convention Management Association and American Academy of Family Physicians. He most recently lived and worked in the Chicago area.
Donohue launched his association career when he was the executive director of the Kansas City Organizing Committee for the 1988 NCAA Men’s Final Four® basketball tournament. Donohue and the all volunteer committee were responsible for hosting, promoting, fundraising and logistical preparations associated with the tournament. He marshaled hundreds of volunteers from across the region. The tournament held that year in Kansas City achieved national recognition as the then "best ever" hosting of a Final Four®, and hosting for future tournaments was widely based on Kansas City’s model.
Donohue’s roots go deep in the Kansas City region. His was raised in the city, got a degree in business administration from the University of Kansas in 1981 and was an intern with former US Senator Bob Dole. In addition to serving as executive director of the committee hosting the tournament, Donohue helped lead the effort in the early 1990s to restore the much-loved Midland Theatre. He also served as a mayor pro-tem and councilman on the Prairie Village, Kan., city council from 1989 to 1994.
Donohue becomes executive director of IAAP as the association prepares to celebrate its founding in 1942. Administrative professionals are the pulse of any successful business or organization, and the fast pace of change in the modern economy means the association’s core mission is even more important. To that end, Donohue will focus on increasing membership and ensuring that the association continues to be the top networking and training resource for office admins who want to stay ahead of the professional curve.
IAAP, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is the world’s leading association for administrative professionals, with over 500 chapters and more than 22,000 members worldwide. IAAP sponsors Administrative Professionals Week®, held the last full week in April and Administrative Professionals Day® on Wednesday of APW. Further information about IAAP is available at www.iaap-hq.org.