During his term at APA, Kiesler focused on organizing the association's finances and instituted innovative administrative changes that helped the association return to surplus operations, says Jack McKay, APA's chief financial officer. "From day one he was determined to avoid an almost certain deficit from operations for 1975. He successfully accomplished his mission and never presided over an association deficit during his term as CEO," says McKay.
Kiesler is also credited with making public policy a major APA initiative. "We took a more active role in public policy issues under him," says Bill McKeachie, PhD, who served on the board during Kiesler's tenure. "He really set APA's Capitol Hill involvement in motion," adds McKay. In fact, he was just the second person to receive the association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy in 1989.
Staff and Members who worked with Kiesler remember him as a "stand up kind of guy," says McKay. "He was intense and not afraid to take a chance or implement new ways of doing things," says Judy Strassburger, APA's executive director for governance affairs. Current CEO Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, says, "Chuck Kiesler brought effective management and fiscal responsibility to the central office, and he redefined the role of the executive officer."
Kiesler's other accomplishments include serving as the founding president of the American Psychological Society, being elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and serving as chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia, as provost of Vanderbilt University and dean of the Carnegie Mellon University College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
He is survived by his wife, Teru Morton, five children and two grandchildren.
--J. DAW HOLLOWAY