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Administrative Professionals Day!-April 22

Administrative Professionals' Day

If you see Susan and Jory in the Front office stop by and recognize them for all that they do for Ocean View Elementary.

History of Administrative Professionals Day

Secretaries, receptionists, assistants, and other staff are all recognized on this day for their hard work representing their companies. Administrative Professionals Day aligns with Administrative Professionals Week; a week also dedicated to those within an administration.

Secretaries have been around since the industrial revolution, but the spark for showing appreciation for administrators ties back to World War II. Due to the boom in the post-war business, the National Secretaries Association was founded in 1942 to attract potential workers to the field.

It is believed that the origins of the holiday began through the innovation of multiple people in the industry, including Mary Barrett, a former president of the association, C. King Woodbridge, president of the Dictaphone Corporation, and Harry F. Klemfuss, a PR executive at Young & Rubicam.

In 1952, Charles Sawyer, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, proclaimed the first observance of National Secretary’s Day would be celebrated Wednesday during the week of National Secretary’s Week.

 A few years later, the celebration was moved back to the last full week of April. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that the name of the holiday was changed to Administrative Professional’s Day, hoping to encompass the diverse job titles and responsibilities those within the field have.