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October 13, 2009




The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education improves the quality of gerontology and geriatrics programs in higher education; provides gerontological educators with opportunities for personal fulfillment and professional growth; and provides students with opportunities to work with, and on behalf of, older adults.


1972 — Formation of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Development of Gerontology Resources at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. This committee, supported by the U.S. Administration on Aging, considered how best to mobilize universities to respond to new demands for training, research, and public policy relative to the provision of public services to older adults.

1974 — Incorporation as the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

1975 — Convening of first annual meeting, Madison, WI

1976 — Publication of Directory of Educational Programs in Gerontology and Geriatrics (1st ed.)

1981 — Establishment of national presence in public policy arena with participation in the White House Conference on Aging

1989 — Publication of Standards and Guidelines for Gerontology Programs (1st ed.)

1992 — Assumption of management responsibility for Sigma Phi Omega, the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology

1998 — Creation of the Program of Merit, the national review of educational programs in gerontology

1999 — Merger with The Gerontological Society of America, the oldest and largest national multidisciplinary organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research


Paid staff members: 4

In-house volunteers: 1

Committee volunteers: 250 (committees meet each February and November)

Executive Committee members: 25 (Committee meets each February, July, and November)

Total annual budget: $379,248

Revenue Streams and Expenses


Grants and Contracts (direct support) 31%
Grants (sub-contracting) 31%
Grants (sub-contracting) 31%


Salaries, payroll taxes, benefits 27%
Membership dues 16%
Annual Meeting 9%
Stipends and honoraria 8%
Contributions 8%
Publication production 6%
Publications and Resources 3%
Travel 5%
Royalties 1%
Rent 4%
Investments 1%
Other 10%


M. Angela Baker, director, (202) 289-9806,

Federal ID 52-1256181