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​Office of Private Sector Relations (OPSR)

Curre​nt OPSR Members​​

Mission Statement

The mission of OPSR is to:

  • Develop visionary dialog for long-term health of APS and Industry interactions.
  • Optimize interactions between APS and its Membership on matters pertaining to the diverse industries related to plant disease management
  • Strengthen advocacy for science-based public policy

General Responsibilities

OPSR is charged with optimizing interactions between APS and the diverse industries related to plant disease management. OPSR will assist APS with regular review of the Sustaining Associates program, so as to optimize the benefits for both APS and the Sustaining Associates members. OPSR shall provide interaction with OPRO, OIP, Public Policy Board and Foundation for issues where dialog among these Offices will benefit each other or APS. OPSR shall provide a forum for discussion of Issues that impact commercial management of plant diseases.

Organizational Structure

To carry out its responsibilities, the OPSR shall be comprised of the following:

  • A Director
  • Immediate past director, for one year term immediately following director term (ex officio, non voting)
  • 7 to 12 persons representing the diverse plant management industries within APS Membership
  • A Sustaining Associates Chair
  • The Industry Committee Chair
  • A member of the North American Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (ex-officio)
  • OIP Industry Representative (ex officio)

The Director and each OPSR member shall serve three-year terms. The director is appointed by Council. Members may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The OPSR Director shall convey to Council nominees for Director of the OPSR based on input from the current committee members or from various constituencies within APS. The terms for OPSR members should be staggered.

General Responsibilities of the Director

The Director shall lead the OPSR and APS Headquarters staff with establishment of priority issues of mutual benefit or concern for APS and the diverse Industries associated with managing plant diseases. The Director shall serve as the primary contact for APS on issues relating to communications. The Director prepares and submits reports to the Internal Communications Officer of APS on request. Coordinates and submits reports from any sub committees as well.

The Director shall appoint an official note taker at each meeting of the OPSR. That individual will provide their draft to the director to be disseminated, approved, and archived.

The Director shall represent OPSR at APS Council meetings as requested and interact with the APS Executive Committee as necessary. The Director may appoint or disband subcommittees as needed to facilitate execution of OPSR responsibilities. The OSPR Director must be an APS member.

General Responsibilities of OPSR Members

The OPSR shall meet once at the APS annual meeting to make programmatic and financial decisions. However, planning, decision-making, and program execution occur on a daily, year-round basis. OPSR members are expected to participate actively in regular discussions and to respond in a timely manner to requests for information or opinion by the OPSR Director or APS staff.

OPSR Members shall be proactive in bringing issues to the attention of the OPSR and in pursuing opportunities to increase the positive interactions between of APS Membership and the diverse Industries that manage plant diseases. OPSR members must be current APS members.

General Responsibilities of the Sustaining Associate Chair

The Sustaining Associates Chair will lead the development and fine-tune the Sustaining Associates Program as set forth in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the society and in the Bylaws of the Constitution, so that it benefits both the Sustaining Associates and APS. This chair will coordinate and ensure regular reporting of its activities to the Director of OPSR.