The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announced that its CEO John Barnes will leave the organization effective July 31. The APTA news release states that the Board of Directors will launch a national search for a new CEO in the near term, and members of the group will receive information on the process to be used in the search. During the search process, the Board will appoint an interim CEO and will announce the interim appointment prior to July 31.
According to the news release, APTA increased its membership by 15% increased its revenues by 205, and increased meeting attendance by 51% during Barnes' tenure. In addition, outstanding meetings were provided as well as professional development opportunities for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants during Barnes' time as CEO. The report also notes that Barnes oversaw an internal reorganization and a review of governance structure and policy.
APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, says "The Board is grateful to John for his 6 years of service," adding that he was instrumental in bringing a new perspective to the management of the organization as a successful professional association. "Based on a collaborative assessment of next steps for the organization, we believe that this is a time for a change in organizational leadership," Rockar adds.
The news release states that due to APTA's solid foundation, the group is "well poised to move to its next level of growth."