Mr. Andrejeski, who will retire as executive vice president on May 31, got to work. In 1989, the ARA changed its name to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). He worked with volunteer leaders to expand medical education and advocacy, and create rheumatology practice standards and ethical principles. He built a marketing program, expanded government affairs and standardized the ACR’s contractual relationships with corporate sponsors. He preferred to lead from backstage while volunteers crafted the vision and enjoyed the spotlight.
“My job has always been to try to see the big picture, to understand where the organization was, where it was going and what steps we needed to take to keep moving forward. I was always fortunate to have presidents, Executive Committees and Boards of Directors who had a clear vision. Once I had their vision in mind, I could make it work,” he says.
Clear Vision, Strong Leader
ACR Past President Joseph D. Croft Jr., MD, now retired and living in Bethesda, Md., first met Mr. Andrejeski at a 1987 leadership dinner.| ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page