WHEREAS, administrative professionals play an essential role in coordinating the office operations of businesses, government, educational institutions, and other organizations; and
WHEREAS, the work of administrative professionals requires advanced knowledge and expertise in communications, computer software, office technology, project management, organization, customer service, and other vital office management responsibilities; and
WHEREAS, Administrative Professionals Week is observed annually in workplaces around the world to recognize the important contributions of administrative support staff, and is sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals; and
WHEREAS, there are more than 22 million administrative and office support professionals working in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Administrative Professionals Week is focused on "Honoring the Office Professionals who make Offices Work," reflecting the integral and central role that office professionals play in modern business;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 22-28, 2018, as ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK, and April 25, 2018, as ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.