Happy Administrative Professionals Day!
In recognition of all they do for us every day, administrative professionals are being celebrated in workplaces around the country today.
Administrative Professionals Day, begun in 1952 as part of National Secretaries Week, was designed as an "annual event to recognize the valuable contributions of office support staff in business and government, and to encourage students to consider careers as administrative professionals," according to the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and then Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff.
Sponsored by the IAAP, Administrative Professionals Day is held annually on the Wednesday of the last full week in April.
"At the UA, administrative professionals do so much to help run the University," said Lisa Wakefield, program coordinator in the Office of University Communications and former Staff Advisory Council president. "It's important that we take a day out of the year to think about, and thank them, for everything they do."