Academic Dir.

The Western Academic Program Section  (W-APS)

The Academic Program Section (APS) is comprised of the principal officer(s) responsible for academic or instructional programs (undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education) offered by the faculty within colleges of agriculture and related disciplines.  It is one of six sections within the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU).  The others are the Experiment Station Section, the Extension Programs Section, the Administrative Heads Section, the International Programs Section, and the 1890 Association of Research Directors. A representative drawn from the APS membership elected by the BAA delegates represents the Academic Program Section on the BAA Policy Board of Directors.

Academic Programs Section members represent 120 different institutions that include the 1862 land-grants, 1890 land-grants, 1994 land-grants, and 5 non-land-grant institutions.  It also includes the 40+ institutions belonging to American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources (AASCARR).   The AASCARR organization and its institutions are affiliate members of APS. Thus, in total, APS represents 160+ institutions having academic programs in agriculture, natural resources, life, and related sciences.

There are four regional sections of APS, the south, northeast, north central and west, and each of these are represented by an officer (ie, Past President, President, President-Elect and Secretary) on the Executive Committee.  Elected officers have a 4-year commitment to the Executive Committee that begins with their tenure as secretary and progresses through president-elect, president and past president positions.  A region ensures its representation on the APS Executive Committee by electing a new APS secretary once every four years.

A Field Guide to the Academic Programs Section (APS)


Important documents

Description and link Notes
Association By-laws Adopted July 16, 2003

Director Meetings

Year Location Agenda Minutes
2014 Washington, D.C., February 27, 2014 Minutes
2013 Coeur d’Alene, ID, July 16-17, 2013 Minutes
2012 Denver, CO, November 12, 2012 Minutes 
2012 Park City, UT, July 10, 2012 Minutes
2011 Washington, DC, March 3, 2011 Minutes
2010 Dallas, TX, November 14-16, 2010 Minutes
2009 Washington, DC, November 15-17, 2009 Minutes
2009 Blaine, WA, July 19-22, 2009 Minutes
2008 Chicago, IL, November 10, 2008 Minutes
2008 Fairbanks, AK, July 7, 2008 Minutes
2007 Jackson Hole, WY, July 16, 2007 Minutes
2006 Houston, TX, November 13, 2006 Minutes
2006 Monterey, CA, July 10, 2006 Minutes
2005 Washington, DC, November 13, 2005 Minutes
2004 Tumon, GU, June 21-23, 2004 Minutes
2003 New Orleans, LA, November 16, 2003 Minutes

Academic Program Directors

Year Chair Chair-Elect/ Secretary
Past Chair Representative to ACOP
2014 Nora Smith (MT) Donna Brown (WY) Nancy Irlbeck (Chair of ACOP)
2013 Cary Green (OR) Joseph M. Broder (GA)
2012  Joseph M. Broder (GA)  Don L. Boggs (KS)
2011 Charles Boyer (CA-F) Nancy Irlbeck (CO)
2010 Nancy Irlbeck (CO) Charles Boyer (CA-F)
2009 Nancy Irlbeck (CO) Charles Boyer (CA-F) Charles Kinoshita (HI)
2008 John Foltz (ID) Nancy Irlbeck (CO) Charles Kinoshita (HI)
2007 Charles Kinoshita (HI) John Foltz (ID) Wes Holley (NM)
2006 Wes Holley (NM) Charles Kinoshita (HI) (Vacant)
2005 Annie King (CA-D) Wes Holley (NM) Eric Fritzell (OR) (retired)
2004 Erik Fritzell (OR) Annie King (CA-B) Marlene Hapai (HI)
2003 Marlene Hapai (HI) Erik Fritzell (OR) James Wangberg (WY)
2002 James Wangberg (WY) Marlene Hapai (HI) David Cox (AZ)
2001 David Cox (AZ) James Wangberg (WY) Annie King (CA-D)

Western Region Teaching Symposium Rotation

Host State Last Meeting Hosted Next Meeting Hosted
Colorado State 1992 2005
Utah State 1993 2006
Arizona 1994 2007
New Mexico State 1995 2008
Nevada 1996 2009
Oregon State 1997 2010
Idaho 1998 2011
Washington State 1999 2012
Wyoming 2000 2013
Hawaii 2001 2014
California 2002
Montana State 2003
Open 2004

Teaching Symposium Notes

2010 Western Region Teaching Symposium Notes