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November 2002

Release Date: November 18, 2002

APTA President to Speak at ASU Commencement Dec. 13

In recognition of the first graduating class of Angelo State University's physical therapy program, the president of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will deliver the commencement address at ASU's fall graduation exercises Friday, Dec. 13.

Ben F. Massey, Jr., PT, of Raleigh, N.C., will speak at the fall commencement when 10 physical therapy majors join more than 350 other graduates receiving degrees in the 7 p.m. ceremony in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Massey is the executive director of the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

He is in his second year of a two-year term as APTA president. He has been active in both the APTA and North Carolina Physical Therapy Association since 1974. He also has served on the board of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

He served 20 years as a physical therapist and administrator at four North Carolina hospitals, including six years as director of rehabilitation services for Raleigh Community Hospital before accepting his current position with the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

He holds a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina and is working on a master of arts in organizational management through the University of Phoenix's online campus.

Massey has served the APTA in numerous capacities, including as secretary, vice speaker, nominating committee member and chair, moderator of the President Council, and trustee for the American Physical Therapy Political Action Committee.

He also has been on APTA task forces on membership, patient/client service delivery models, restructuring governance and future role of the physical therapist assistant. As APTA president, he has spoken throughout the United States and is a previous recipient of the APTA's Lucy Blair Service Award. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer at 10 universities.

He has had several articles published in physical therapy journals. He has been involved in a variety of community activities, including the Special Olympics, United Way, MS Society, March of Dimes and Foundation of Hope.

He and his wife, Darlene Sekerak, director of the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina, have three children.

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