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The Association of Professional Administrators represents 1363 members. We are professional staff and education support professionals working at public colleges and universities across Massachusetts.


Presidents Message

A Message from the President

February 8, 2021




Some good news for APA members who may be considering retirement -  Following the signing of an agreement between the MSCA and the BHE and CoP for a Voluntary Separation/Retirement Program, a similar proposal, specific to the needs of APA members, has been negotiated.  Each campus may elect to offer an incentive to its employees, but this does not constitute a statewide mandate for every institution to participate.

The Memorandum of Agreement for the APA, like the faculty Agreement, provides a $25,000.00 retirement or separation incentive for members with 20 years or more of service. (Employees who work a shorter year - 9 months or more - may be offered a prorated incentive.)

To take advantage of this incentive, APA members who meet the criteria set forth in the MOA, must announce their intention to retire or resign by April 1, 2021.  The date of departure from employment will be no later than June 30, 2021.  Additionally, the requirement of 90-days' notice of leave will be waived and is not necessary for the full 20% buyback of unused sick leave.

Please see the full Memorandum of Agreement for details of this arrangement, including the ability to be employed by state agencies on a limited basis.  

In other news, as we approach the Spring, it is time to begin the process of bargaining a new 3-year APA Agreement.  Contractually, we are obligated to inform BHE representatives of our intent to bargain prior to the end of March.  As a reminder, we are currently on the same bargaining schedule as the MSCA.  They will announce their intent to commence their contract negotiations on March 31.  We remain hopeful that our combined bargaining power will help us realize more favorable contract terms as we proceed in these challenging times.  We will certainly keep you posted.

Hopefully, your Spring Semester has gotten off to a good, healthy and inspiring start.  

Stay safe!


Sherry Horeanopoulos
APA President






APA President
Sherry Horeanopoulos
Fitchburg State University

APA Vice President
Charlie Cianfarini
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

APA Treasurer
Maria Brunelle


APA Secretary
Mark Powers
Framingham State University

APA Membership Coordinator 
Aaron Childs
Westfield State University

Liz Novak
Massachusetts Maritime Academy



APA Consultants


Catherine Santiago

MCLA and APA bargaining Field Rep



Bret Sefarian

Salem State
Fitchburg State


Roberta James

Framingham State
Worcester State
Westfield State
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Bridgewater State

Colleen Fitzpatrick

Massachusetts College of Art and Design