Nancy Perkin Beaumont Appointed Executive Director of SAA

CHICAGO — Nancy Perkin Beaumont, CAE, senior vice president of communications for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), has been selected as the new executive director of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and will officially assume the post July 15, 2003. She has more than 25 years of experience in professional associations, with an extensive background in strategic planning, membership product/service development, marketing, publications, public relations, and Web-based program delivery. According to Search Committee Chair and SAA Vice President Timothy L. Ericson, “The Search Committee is delighted that Nancy has accepted our invitation to become SAA's next executive director. She is highly qualified for the position and we look forward to benefiting from the experience and expertise that she brings to the job.” SAA President Peter B. Hirtle added, “At a time when all associations face great challenges, we are fortunate to be able to hire a proven administrator with Nancy’s talents, vision, and values.”

Beaumont, a Certified Association Executive, joined the staff of APTA in 1987 and has served since 1992 as senior vice president. She manages an operating budget of $14.3 million and oversees a staff of 29. Her responsibilities include all aspects of the 63,000-member association’s strategic marketing, publications, and public relations activities.

Beaumont’s key accomplishments at APTA include: significantly increasing non-dues revenue while enhancing the value of membership; developing educational offerings that placed members in the forefront of research and practice within the profession; creating communications and marketing strategies to support membership campaigns; building the scientific journal into a worldwide leader in its field, developing a content-rich Web site; providing tools to leadership that enabled them to communicate more effectively with internal and external audiences; and instituting cost reporting and financial management evaluation processes.

Prior to joining APTA, Beaumont served for seven years as publications director and journal managing editor for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

According to Beaumont, “The archival profession faces challenges on many fronts. I look forward to working with SAA’s members and staff to develop—and implement!—new strategic directions, with a focus on understanding and meeting members’ needs and positioning the profession as a critically important and well-respected resource.” Beaumont earned an A.B. with honors in English and political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She further pursued graduate studies at The Radcliffe Course in Publishing Procedures, Harvard University.

Beaumont replaces Susan Fox, who stepped down in September 2002 after eight years as executive director of SAA to become the executive director of the Chicago-based American Association of Law Libraries.