The Association of Office Professionals was established at Oregon State University (OSU) in 1961 as the OSU Chapter of the Oregon Association of Educational Secretaries and was an affiliate of the National Association of Educational Secretaries; its purpose was to formulate standards and principles for campus office personnel, unite those similarly interested, and act as an information clearinghouse. In 1977, the name of the organization was changed to the Office Personnel Association (OPA) to better reflect the composition and purpose of the organization. In 2004, the organization became the Association of Office Professionals (AOP).
The Association is dedicated to fostering awareness, excellence, and professionalism for office personnel at Oregon State University. AOP hosts guest speakers at its monthly meetings; sponsors workshops and seminars for its members; recognizes OSU employees for excellence in performance, service, and leadership with monthly and annual awards; and awards scholarships to OSU students.
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