December 15, 2008 - The board of directors of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has selected Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, CAE, as the association’s new chief executive officer, who will take over the top post of the world’s largest radiologic science organization upon the retirement of current CEO Lynn May on Dec. 31, 2008.
Dr. Martino has worked for the ASRT since 1999, most recently as its chief academic officer. Since 2001, he has also served as the chief operating officer of the ASRT Education and Research Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the ASRT.
“We selected Sal not only because he understands ASRT’s past, but because he has a vision for its future,” said Chairman of the Board Connie Mitchell, M.A., R.T.(R)(CT). “We are confident that Sal is the right leader for the ASRT.”
The selection of a new CEO was made following six months of work by a search committee comprised of ASRT members. “After interviewing a significant number of excellent candidates for the position, the search committee presented its final four choices to the full Board in early December,” noted Ms. Mitchell. “It was a rigorous search process.”
Dr. Martino is a registered radiologic technologist with a long career in radiologic science education. Before joining the ASRT staff, he worked at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York in a number of positions, including director of the radiologic technology program, chairman of the allied health department and associate dean of academic affairs.
Dr. Martino also has held many volunteer appointments in the radiologic science profession. He served on the Board of Directors of the New York City Society of Radiologic Technologists from 1982 to 1986 and on the Board of Trustees of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists from 1987 to 1995. In 2008 he was named an ASRT Fellow in recognition of his significant contributions to the profession and the association.
As an ASRT staff member, Dr. Martino chaired the advisory panel that led to creation of the radiologist assistant, an advanced career level for radiologic technologists. He also formed ASRT’s research department, developed a comprehensive Education Master Plan for the radiologic science profession, and has been actively involved in ASRT’s federal and state legislative efforts. At the ASRT Education and Research Foundation, Dr. Martino increased scholarship funding from $7,000 in 2000 to more than $220,000 in 2008 and created five new scholarship programs, including the Royce Osborn Minority Scholarship.
In 2005 Dr. Martino earned the credential of certified association executive from the American Society of Association Executives following completion of a comprehensive examination that covers all aspects of association management. He currently serves as vice chairman of the ASAE exam committee and is a member of the ASAE health care community committee. He also is a member of the Academy of Radiology Research and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
“I am looking forward to addressing the challenges and opportunities that are ahead for ASRT,” said Dr. Martino, who will be only the fifth person to hold the top post in ASRT’s 88-year history. “Fortunately, ASRT has a talented staff, dedicated volunteers on its Board and committees, a loyal membership, and the support of stakeholders in the corporate, academic and regulatory arenas. With these partners, I will work to strengthen the ASRT, advance the profession of radiologic technology and improve the quality of patient care.”
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