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APPA is the gathering place for educational facilities professionals, dedicated to the ongoing evolution of the profession.

APPA’s name may have changed over the past 100 years but our mission remains: “To support educational excellence with quality leadership and professional management through education, research and recognition.” Our community firmly aligns with the principals and values of : integrity, honesty, respect, fairness, patience, nurturance, encouragement, growth & development, service, quality, and collaboration.

APPA has a rich history which stems from its founding in Chicago in 1914, by representatives from 14 Midwestern higher education institutions.

APPA represents more than 18,000 educational facilities professionals from over 1,300 learning institutions worldwide. APPA’s community represents the broadest coalition of educational facilities professionals possible, ensuring a diversity of experiences and situations, and availability of best practices. Our members also include other non-profits, libraries, museums and industry partners. Join Today!

Today, APPA’s Strategic Plan’s vision Preparing for Every Future will pivot the association to build on its core strengths in professional development and community to become the premier continuous learning provider for our profession.