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A SIOP Executive Director Transition on the Horizon

After nearly 4 years as SIOP Executive Director, and 14 total years of service to SIOP, Tracy L. Vanneman, CAE, has announced her difficult decision to step down from the SIOP staff leadership role this summer.

“Tracy has been an important part of SIOP’s success over the past several years, leading the staff through a pandemic, advocating for a technology overhaul, and supporting leadership as we envision what’s next for SIOP and its role in promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology,” said SIOP President Tara Behrend. “Although we are saddened by Tracy’s decision to step down, we are confident that we will select a new Executive Director with valuable expertise who will partner with the Executive Board to lead SIOP into its bright future.”

Vanneman was selected as SIOP Executive Director in April 2020, after having been chosen as Interim Executive Director in June 2019. The Selection Advisory Group investigated several high-quality candidates during a multi-month national recruitment campaign and search process. In the end, it was decided that the best person to lead the staff into the future was Vanneman, the person already serving in the interim capacity, who offered association management credentialed expertise plus a decade of SIOP experience.

“It has been an honor to work with the Executive Board, members, and hardworking staff team to advance SIOP’s mission and the field of industrial-organizational psychology, including navigating the organization through the challenge of the pandemic. I am grateful for my long history with the organization, but am now looking forward to exploring new career paths and stepping back from the demands of this leadership role to devote more time to my family,” said Vanneman.

SIOP and Vanneman have agreed to end their current employment agreement on July 7, 2023, at which point Vanneman will transition to at-will employment. This mutually beneficial solution will increase Vanneman’s availability for other opportunities while also permitting the SIOP Executive Board to identify her interim or permanent replacement.

In the meantime, Vanneman will continue in her current role managing the SIOP staff team of 11 and providing critical support and guidance to SIOP volunteer leadership. The SIOP Executive Board has convened a new Selection Advisory Group to recruit and select a new staff leader. More information on the search process will be shared with SIOP members as plans develop. The job posting is now available.

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