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Abbott Announces Departure from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Martha “Marty” Abbott, ACTFL’s Executive Director, announced recently that she will step down from her position at the end of the year. Abbott has been Executive Director of ACTFL since 2011 and prior to that served as its Director of Education for 8 years.

In announcing her decision, Abbott stated, “I have been fortunate to serve this organization and the amazing language community it represents during a period of growth and achievement. It has been my honor to work with the outstanding ACTFL Board members over the years and implement our strategic plan that emphasizes the ever-expanding mission and vision of our organization. We have been committed to serving our many members who advocate for language education as central to the curriculum in our country’s schools and universities.

“I know that this advocacy for language programs will continue until language learning in the U.S. becomes the norm and not the exception. I have been privileged to work with our dedicated ACTFL staff who share my passion for language learning and I leave with a sense of our team’s accomplishments and its future.”

ACTFL President Ali Moeller said, “Marty Abbott has dedicated herself to advancing ACTFL’s mission for the last 15 years and has played a critical role in shaping ACTFL into the leading organization that it is today. Marty’s tireless service through many years of ACTFL’s advancement has positioned our organization for continued success. We all will miss Marty but wish her continued success with the many non-profit and foundation boards and national organizations where she so ably serves.”

The ACTFL Board of Directors will form a search committee to oversee recruitment and has retained a nationally recognized executive search firm to coordinate the process. The search will commence in May with the goal to have a new Executive Director identified by year-end. 

“The Board of Directors of ACTFL recognizes the critical importance of this position to the long-term health and success of the organization and is committed to keeping our membership updated on the search as we progress,” Moeller said.

About ACTFL:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018