APA's Board of Directors has selected Charles L. Brewer, PhD, of Furman University, to fill the vacancy left by Catherine Acuff, PhD, who died unexpectedly on April 21 from complications of an aneurysm.
After Acuff's death, APA's legal counsel reviewed the APA Bylaws and Association Rules to determine who should take the Board vacancy. They ruled that the runner-up in the most recent Board of Directors election--Brewer--should fill the slot. Brewer will serve out the remainder of Acuff's term, which ends Dec. 31.
Brewer's experience in APA governance includes serving president of Div. 1 (General) and Div. 2 (Teaching), as well as serving on APA's Board of Educational Affairs, Membership Committee and on APA's Council Representative for two terms.
He is also well-known for his editorship of Teaching of Psychology and he was instrumental in organizing and sustaining APA's Teachers of Psychology in the Secondary Schools.
Brewer received his BA degree in psychology from Hendrix College and his MA and PhD degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Arkansas. He also did graduate work at Indiana University and postdoctoral work at Harvard University and the University of Michigan.
After teaching at The College of Wooster in Ohio and Elmira College in New York, he joined the faculty at Furman University in 1967, was promoted to the rank of professor in 1970, and was named the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Psychology in 1998.
"Charles is truly an outstanding and visionary individual," says APA President Pat DeLeon, PhD, JD. "His efforts over the years with TOPSS, for example, have served all of psychology admirably. His sense of humor will be of tremendous benefit to the board."