Dear Friends,

I hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday season and that the new year has started off well for you. I wanted you to know that I have told APA's Board of Directors that I plan to retire as CEO in December 2002, and I am taking this opportunity to tell all of you, as well.

The APA President and the members of the Board made it completely clear that they would prefer for me to continue as CEO through 2004, but they supported me in my decision. The primary reason for my decision was that it just seemed like the right time. At the end of 2002, I will be 72 and in my 14th year as CEO. These have been exciting and challenging years, and in many ways the best years of my life, but all good things have to come to an end. There are other things I would like to do, and now seems like a good time for it. The association is in good shape, we have a fine, competent staff and APA's future looks very good. Most of the goals I had when I came to APA in 1989 have been accomplished. I think it is time to pass the torch to new leadership, and I am very comfortable with that, although I will miss contacting you regularly through this column and in many other ways.

APA has been a major part of my life for many years now, and my affection for the Association and the many wonderful people in it will continue. I hope to see you personally at the Chicago convention and throughout 2002.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                           Ray