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About APAC

The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) provides institutional-level advocacy in support of administrative professional (AP) staff by serving as a liaison with WSU senior administration, communicating matters of interest to APs, soliciting feedback from APs, helping make WSU a great place to work, and providing professional development opportunities.

We do this by:

  • Meeting regularly with WSU senior administration, including the president and provost, the WSU Board of Regents, and various University committees and councils.
  • Communicating with APs at all WSU locations about matters of interest, and in turn soliciting feedback, comments, and suggestions from APs. We want to hear your voice!
  • Fostering the idea that APAC can assist AP employees in transforming their work life at WSU.
  • Bringing relevant and effective professional development to AP staff through guest speakers, seminars, scholarships, events, workshops and grants.
  • Recognizing outstanding AP achievements with contribution awards.

History of APAC

The Administrative Professional Advisory Council was established in 1998 with a goal to serve as a consultative body to central administration and establish a mechanism for APs to have a voice in University matters. The mission of the council is to discuss employment issues and promote communication among AP members.

Who is APAC?

APAC is made up of 22 AP members and 2 ex-officio members. Council members represent a variety of areas including academic and managerial departments as well as WSU campuses in Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Extension offices statewide. Council members are appointed in the spring and serve a three-year term beginning in July. There are also 6 alternate members that serve one-year terms beginning in July.

Current council members
APAC Guidelines 
APAC Strategic Plan (2013-15)

Upcoming Professional Development

Join us virtually for Effective Communication, based on the Crucial Conversations™ Workbook and led by Certified Crucial Conversations™ Trainer Laura Hamilton. This is a two-part series held in either October OR December. Please use the links below to register for Part 1 and Part 2 (please register only in one month).

(Part 1 Sign-Up – October or December

(Part 2 Sign-Up – October or December

APAC Committees

All AP employees are welcome to participate in committee meetings! Please contact the committee chair for the Zoom link and further information to join us. Upcoming meetings are published on the events calendar.

Professional Development Committee: Responsible for planning speakers for the monthly APAC meetings, overseeing APAC’s Professional Mini-Grant Program, and identifying continuing education activities for APs. Current Chair: Joanne Greene

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee: Identifies available and opportunities for new resources for all employees across the WSU system. Advises other committees on policies and procedures and provides guidance on the strategic plan to ensure DEI goals are met. Current Chair: Daniel Saud 

Events Committee: Responsible for organizing events for APs throughout the year including, but not limited to, Staff Appreciation Week, and the AP Contribution Award. Current Chair: Angie Senter

Bylaws and Elections Committee: Updates and reviews the bylaws guiding APAC members, advises on policy, and manages the election process. Current Chair: Roxy Holden

Strategic Planning Committee: Coordinates with all committees and the leadership to author the APAC strategic plan. Current Chair: Heather Cova

Marketing Committee: Responsible for putting together the APAC newsletter (AP Connections), updating the website, sending out surveys, and communicating upcoming events with APs. Current Chair: Tara Howe

Budget Committee: Manages the APAC budget and expense funding requests. Treasurer Kasi Balmforth




Events Calendar

Committees with APAC Ex-Officio Members

Commission on the Status of Women
Executive Budget Committee
Faculty Senate

Health and Safety
Police Advisory Board
Strategic Planning Committee

Sustainability Committee
Team WellCoug
Transportation Committee

News from APAC

APAC UPDATE – Monthly e-newsletter from APAC

WSU Staff at the professional development seminar “Resolving Office Conflict” on October 16, 2018.