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March 22, 2016

From TSAE Board Chairman Bill Keese, CAE:

As announced to the membership in an email earlier this month, TSAE President and CEO Beth Brooks, CAE, will be leaving the association at the end of March.

I would first like to acknowledge and thank Beth for her tremendous work and effort leading TSAE for the past 15 years. She has demonstrated strong leadership, helped grow the association and expand our offerings, and been an invaluable resource to both members and staff. The work done during her tenure will benefit TSAE and our members for many years to come.

Please be assured that we will work tirelessly to maintain services and programs throughout the transition.

A Search Committee of TSAE members has been appointed to find and place the right person as the next president of TSAE. We have no deadline for a replacement – our mission is to take the necessary time needed to find the right person.

Search Committee:

Bill Keese, CAE (Committee Chair)
2015-16 Board Chairman, Member since 2010
Executive Director, APRO


J.J. Colburn, CAE
2015-16 Board Chair-Elect, Member since 1999
Executive Director, Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented


Pam Donahoo, CAE
Board Member, Member since 1994
Executive Director, American Mensa, LTD.


Bob Jameson
Member since 1990
President & CEO, Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau


Leslie Midgley, CAE
Past Board Chairman (2005-06), Member since 1982
Executive Vice President and CEO, Texas Land Title Association


Pat Smith
Past Board Chairman (2010-11), Member since 1987
Executive Director, Texas Library Association


Christopher Williston VI, CAE
Board Member and Proposed 2016-17 Chairman-Elect, Member since 2006
Senior Vice President, Communications, Independent Bankers Association of Texas


We will be looking for someone who can lead TSAE and the strategic initiatives that were outlined by the Board of Directors last summer:

Thank you for your continued support of TSAE. We pride ourselves on the success of our members. We will continue to communicate with members where we are throughout the process.

You can contact me anytime at with any questions.