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As APA's current chief financial officer Jack McKay puts it, Archie Turner is a "perfect fit" as APA's new chief financial officer.

"He's a likable, talented professional who has been through it all and come to APA from a highly prestigious organization with a budget twice the size of APA," says McKay.

Turner officially joins APA in June, replacing McKay, who is retiring after nearly 40 years with APA.

Turner spent 14 years as CFO for The National Academies, which includes the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council. The academies are private, nonprofit organizations with 1,100 employees and a combined annual budget of $265 million.

He brings with him a wealth of expertise in many aspects of financial management, which includes overseeing accounting and financial reporting, budgeting, business systems, investments, real estate financing, human resources, and contract and grant administration.

APA Chief Executive Officer Norman B. Anderson, PhD, who hired Turner, says the association is very fortunate to have him join its executive team.

"The chief financial officer is one of the most pivotal positions for the association. And following Jack McKay's tenure, the bar was set pretty high for what we expect from a CFO. This is why I am so excited that Archie is coming to APA. His experience at The National Academies is directly relevant to APA, and he brings the same combination of financial acumen, innovative thinking, comfort with complexity and interpersonal warmth that we have grown accustomed to from our CFO." Anderson said. "It is also wonderful to have a person so well-known and respected within the D.C. financial community. I have heard so many comments about what a coup it was for APA to get Archie."

Turner says he was attracted to APA by its focused mission. "APA's mission is something that as a person, as a citizen, I can relate to--it's not like physics, which is totally alien to me," he laughs. "I can see how psychology helps children, helps people under stress, helps higher education. I can connect to the APA mission and, in a certain sense, that's an upgrade for me."

He is also looking forward to working with the people at APA. "APA employees think this is a great place to work, and that is a tremendous asset," he says. "Selfishly speaking, that will help me get my work done."

Right now, Turner sees nothing that needs immediate fixing at APA. "It is a very well-run organization--there is nothing that is obviously broken," he says, emphasizing that he will spend time learning about APA before he suggests any tweaks. "I need to be a good student before I can be a good teacher," he notes.

Turner has already begun learning about the association, working closely with APA's executive management team since he was named as McKay's successor in February. To ensure a smooth transition, McKay will remain as a consultant with APA for at least one year.

Overall, Turner says, his most important responsibility is to ensure that APA is even stronger financially at the end of his tenure than it is now.

"If I can do that," he says, "my time here would have been worthwhile."

-S. Martin