DANIEL H. ANNA, PhD, CIH, CSP, is president of AIHA and senior industrial hygienist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. He can be reached at (240) 228-1980 or
A Stable Approach to Change
In December, AIHA Executive Director Peter O’Neil informed the Board of Directors that he had accepted a new position as executive vice president and CEO at ASIS International, an association of security professionals. Throughout his 16-year career at AIHA, including the last seven as executive director, Peter has distinguished himself as a dynamic leader, an innovative thinker, a tireless worker, a persuasive team player, and, for many of us, a trusted colleague and friend. AIHA is a better association as a result of Peter’s hard work and dedicated efforts; he leaves AIHA with a strong, cohesive Board and a talented, high performing staff. On behalf of the Board, I wish Peter the very best in his new position, and thank him for his service to AIHA. Peter has often said, and has always demonstrated, that change presents opportunity. In wishing him farewell, we pay him no higher tribute than to approach this transition with similar optimism. Over the past several years, we have developed the vision for our future and established a program of work to help us realize that vision. New leadership will bring different ideas, perspectives, and potential pathways to achieve that long-term vision. The Board, in partnership with staff, has launched a national search for AIHA’s next executive director, and we are confident that we will find the right leader to build on the progress our profession has made throughout AIHA’s 77-year history.
While changes in leadership can create some apprehension, AIHA is well prepared to manage this transition.