At our summer conference in Las Vegas last month, the APSE Executive Committee approved a sweeping change in our regional structure, reducing the number of regions from eight to four. As the APSE officers work toward that reorganization, I am proposing a minor change to APSE bylaws about the composition of those regions, based on a closer examination of our member rolls and on discussions with members (realignment is all the rage in sports this summer anyway, and APSE is no different). More updates on regional restructuring, leadership and programming will be coming soon. 

The publishing of this article on our website starts the clock on a 10-day comment period on these changes. Bylaws changes require the approval of 75 percent of the Executive Committee. Email ballots on this proposal will be sent to the Executive Committee on Sept. 5. 

Thank you for your consideration. Please send any questions and concerns to me at

This proposed bylaw change involves the composition of the Midwest, Southeast and West regions:


Member organizations shall be placed in the following regions. Member organizations outside of North America will be placed in regions by the Executive Committee.

A. Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia.

B. Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia.

C. Midwest: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

D. West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

* It is at the discretion of the executive committee to add members outside the United States as part of a separate (fifth) region, or to include them with one of the four regions. 

Explanation: Moves Missouri to the Midwest and Colorado to the West for better balance in the number of members in each region.