APS and SPR Name Bruce Hammond, CAE, as New Executive Director 

The American Pediatric Society (APS) and the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) Board of Directors have selected Bruce Hammond, CAE, to be their new Executive Director, beginning January 8, 2024. Bruce will succeed Eileen Fenton, MS, MA, who has served as the Executive Director of the APS, SPR, and the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) since 2015. From January 1, 2024, Eileen will serve as the Executive Director exclusively for the PAS

Due to the growth of the programs of the APS, SPR and PAS, the APS SPR Board of Directors and the PAS Board agreed to separate the PAS Executive Director from the shared APS and SPR Executive Director position.  Under the new arrangement, the APS and SPR will continue operations under a full-time shared Executive Director separate from the PAS Executive Director. The three organizations will continue to share a headquarters office in The Woodlands, Texas and supporting finance and technology services.

Bruce Hammond has served as a leading association/non-profit strategist for more than 20 years.  Most recently Bruce has served as the chief staff executive for both the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine and the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Immediately prior to his work with these two groups, Bruce served as the Director of Governance & Operations for the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO).

Previously Bruce served as the Senior Manager of Corporate Marketing/Communications at Association Management Center where he managed the company’s traditional and digital marketing efforts, and as Director of Marketing/Communications at the National Sporting Goods Association. During his first decade of professional employment, he spent 7 years at Delta Sigma Phi National Headquarters leading the marketing, communications, alumni relations, and publications functions, and spent nearly three years as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at his alma mater, Ohio Northern University.

Bruce is an active member and volunteer for the Association Forum of Chicagoland, where he is currently serving a 3-year term on the Board of Directors through 2026. He has served in the past as Chairman of the Certified Association Executive Working Group, the Communications Shared Interest Group and the FORUM magazine Editorial Working Group. In the past, he has served on the Communication Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives: The Center for Association Leadership.

He has spoken at numerous professional events and his articles have been featured in leading association trade publications. In September 2014, he was named to the association industry’s Forty Under 40 list, and in January 2016 he earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

Bruce currently lives in Aurora, IL, with his wife, Anna, and their two sons Andrew (13) and Ben¬†(11). He has regularly volunteered as a coach for his kids’ sports teams and as a mentor in his alma mater’s public relations program, and in his spare time enjoys golfing, seeing live music and theater, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

The APS SPR Board of Directors co-chaired by Todd Florin, MD, MSCE, SPR Strategy & Operations Officer and Catherine Gordon, MD, APS Secretary/Treasurer comprised the search committee for the APS SPR Executive Director position. Board members include the immediate past, current and elect Presidents of the two societies: Drs. Clifford Bogue, Michael DeBaun and Lisa Robinson for APS and Drs. Kate Ackerman, Cristina Alvira and Brenda Poindexter for SPR. Professional search support was provided by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.


About the American Pediatric Society

The American Pediatric Society (APS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1888 as the first pediatric society in North America. The mission of the APS is to shape the future of academic pediatrics through engagement of distinguished child-health leaders to represent the full diversity within the field.  The 1,800 plus members of APS are recognized leaders of extraordinary achievement who work together to shape the future of academic pediatrics. For more information, please visit aps1888.org

Media Contacts:
Lisa Thompson
Association Director
American Pediatric Society
(346) 980-9707

About the Society for Pediatric Research

The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1929. The mission of the SPR is to create a multi-disciplinary network of diverse researchers to improve child health.  The 4,800 plus members of SPR are recognized independent, productive child health researchers engaging in hypothesis-driven research.  Membership in SPR is a recognized honor in academic pediatrics requiring nomination by academic peers and leaders. For more information, please visit https://www.societyforpediatricresearch.org.

Jana Wells
Senior Association Director
Society for Pediatric Research
(346) 258-6218