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History

The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) was founded as the Association of Physician Assistant Programs in 1972 by a group of PA program faculty who saw a need to address the important issues of physician assistant (PA) programsí accreditation; certification, continuing educational requirements, and role delineation for PAs; and the overall goal of improving the quality and accessibility of health care through the selection, education, and deployment of PAs.

For most of the first 34 years of its existence, the Association was housed in the same building as the American Academy of Physician Assistants and received management services from the Academy.

In 2004 the Association's board made the decision to move the organization to fully independent status and employ its own staff.

In October 2005, the Association's members voted to change the organization's name to the Physician Assistant Education Association and in May 2006 the Association moved into new office space as an independent organization.

The Association's membership grew rapidly in the 1990s as the number of PA programs nationally more than doubled between 1993 and 2000. Now in 2014 the Association membership is over 180 accredited US PA programs.





PAEA Presidents

The following individuals have served as president of the Association since its founding in 1972. Until 2006 the Association was called the Association of Physician Assistant Programs.


2011-2012   Anthony Brenneman, MPAS, PA-C
2010-2011   Kevin Lohenry, PhD, PA-C
2009-2010
Ted J. Ruback, MS, PA
2008-2009
Justine Strand de Oliveira, DrPH, PA-C
2007-2008
Dana Sayre Stanhope, EdD, PA-C
2006-2007
Anita Glicken, MSW
2005-2006
Dawn Morton-Rias, EdD, PA-C
2004-2005
Patrick T. Knott, PhD, PA-C
2003-2004
Paul Lombardo, MPS, PA-C
2002-2003
James F. Cawley, MPH, PA-C
2001-2002
David P. Asprey, PhD, PA-C
2000-2001
Gloria M. Stewart, EdD, PA-C
1999-2000
P. Eugene Jones, PhD, PA-C
1998-1999
Walter A. Stein, PA-C
1997-1998
Donald M. Pedersen, PhD, PA-C
1996-1997
J. Dennis Blessing, PhD, PA-C
1995-1996
James B. Hammond, MA, PA-C
1994-1995
Ronald D. Garcia, PhD
1993-1994
Richard R. Rahr, PA-C
1992-1993
Anthony A. Miller, MEd, PA-C
1991-1992
Albert Simon, DHsc, PA-C
1990-1991
Ruth Ballweg, MPA-PA-C
1989-1990
Steven Shelton
1988-1989
Suzanne Greenberg, MS
1987-1988
Jesse Edwards, MS
1986-1987
Jack Liskin, PA-C
1985-1986
Carl Fasser, PA-C
1984-1985
Denis Oliver, PhD
1983-1984
Robert Curry
1982-1983
Stephen Gladhart
1981-1982
Reginald Carter, PhD, PA-C
1980-1981
David Lewis, MA, EdD
1979-1980
Thomas Godkins, PA
1978-1979
Archie Golden, PhD
1977-1978
Frances Horvath, MD
1976-1977
C. Hilmon Castle, MD
1975-1976
C. Hilmon Castle, MD
1974-1975
Robert Jewett, MD
1973-1974
Thomas Piemme, MD
1972-1973
Alfred  Sadler Jr, MD

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