The AOSA is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. We love to have visitors!
Rebecca Hildebrand, Interim Executive Director
American Optometric Student Association
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
A Day in the AOSA Headquarters
Even though many of us do not realize it, a lot of work goes on at AOSA headquarters for us to be able to enjoy all the benefits we get from our association. I chatted with our Executive Director Bob Foster, who gave me a lot of insight on what it is like there.
First, lets start with a little bit of history! The first AOA headquarters was established in Anna, Ill., in 1952; in a tiny house behind Dr. James Wahl’s office, who was the AOA president at the time. Then, in 1953 the headquarters was moved to St. Louis. In 1968 when AOSA started, it shared staff with AOA, so their headquarters was located in the same building as AOA. In 1978, both AOA and AOSA HQ moved to the building they still share – 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis.
As you can imagine, since the building is from the ‘70s, it was a little dated and showing signs of age – the windows were leaky, it was not well-insulated, and so on; therefore, they decided to renovate. Renovations started mid-August; AOA and AOSA staff will remain on the premises while the renovation goes on, so everyone will have to share their space for a little while!