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NCCPA Begins Search for New President/CEO
The Board of Directors of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is in the initial stages of organizing a national search for a new president/CEO following the mutual decision of Janet J. Lathrop and NCCPA for Lathrop to leave the organization in early July.
Pamela M. Dean, who has served as NCCPA’s chief operating officer since 2008, has been named acting CEO.
“We continue to move forward with a deep commitment to providing excellent service to PAs seeking and maintaining certification while serving the public’s interest in all that we do,” said NCCPA chairperson, Patricia Cook, MD, FACP. “I am confident that this period of transition will also be one of continued progress and success.”
Lathrop held the top post for 10 years following five years of service in other capacities. During her tenure with NCCPA, the organization made tremendous strides, improving service by every measure for a PA population that doubled in size, expanding the availability of exams from days each year to virtually year-round testing, and endowing a new foundation, among other noteworthy accomplishments.
“My time at NCCPA has been incredibly rewarding, and I carry with me a great respect for certified PAs and the critical work they do in service to patients,” says Lathrop. Regarding the timing of her departure, she adds, “Some of the big issues that have defined my tenure have been resolved – issues like the challenge of developing appropriate credentials for PA specialists and the effort to incorporate a greater breadth of competencies into the certification maintenance process. This feels like a natural time to hand off leadership to someone new who can begin the next chapter.”
As COO, Dean has been instrumental in the development of plans for the new certification maintenance process announced earlier this year. She also has overseen implementation of the new Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQ) program and has led NCCPA’s exam development, exam administration, certification maintenance, appeals and disciplinary review, communications and customer service areas.
A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Executive MBA program, Dean has prior executive-level experience in project management and in management and information technology consulting.
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