Transition Management Consulting, Inc.

APS Selects Longtime Association Leader Steen as New Executive

by Michael Eder | May 07, 2018

Jackie Eder-Van Hook, PhD, President, Transition Management Consulting, Inc. is delighted to announce the selection of Scott Steen as the new executive director of the American Physiological Society (APS).

Scott Steen, CAE, FASAE, joins APS as its new executive director, starting as of July 16. A veteran association management professional, Steen was selected following an executive search to replace APS’ long-serving executive director.

“We are delighted that Scott has accepted the position at APS and are looking forward to his start in July,” said incoming APS President Jeff Sands, MD. “Scott has a proven record of leading innovation and growth, building and nurturing exceptional staff teams, developing highly-valued member benefits, promoting strategic planning, and positioning organizations to inspire and engage members, partners, and the public. The APS Council and staff are looking forward to his fresh take and ideas for the organization as we move into our next phase.”

“I am excited and honored to have been chosen for this role at this important time in APS’ history,” Steen said. “Physiologists do vital work for humanity. I look forward to building on Marty Frank’s great legacy, addressing the challenges facing the discipline, and sharing the remarkable work our members are doing around the world.”

Steen comes to APS after leading two legacy science-focused organizations: the American Ceramic Society and, most recently, American Forests. During his tenure at both organizations, he presided over substantial increases in revenue, innovation and member engagement. Steen previously served as the chief strategy officer for the American Society of Association Executives and the chief operating officer for The Center for Association Leadership. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (FASAE).

Steen will take the helm at a time of great change for the 131 year-old organization following the retirement of Martin Frank, PhD —who has served as executive director for 33 years—and a move to new office building in June. “I, and all APS members, owe Martin Frank an enormous debt of gratitude. We thank him for his many years of exemplary service and leadership as executive director of APS,” said Sands.

Transition Management Consulting, Inc. conducted the nationwide search on APS’ behalf. In its evaluation of the search process, Search Committee members praised TMC for recruiting excellent candidates, and providing exceptional guidance to the committee and candidates.

Steen commented on TMC’s process saying, “I really appreciate your smooth facilitation of this process. You made all of this seem easy (and I know how difficult that is to do).”

About TMC. TMC is a national consulting firm with more than 18 years of experience in serving associations and other nonprofits throughout the US. Through its network of transition leaders and professional interim executives, TMC provides a continuum of executive succession services, including interim executive management, executive search, and succession and transition planning. Additional information is available at

About APS. The American Physiological Society (APS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership society located in Bethesda, Maryland, with an annual operating budget of $21 million, more than 10,500 members and approximately 80 staff devoted to fostering scientific research, education, and the dissemination of information in the physiological sciences.

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