Patricia M. Babjak, MLIS

Chief Executive Officer

Chicago, Illinois


Babjak joined the Academy in 1975 and became executive director of the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 1978, serving until 1998 when she became executive vice president for Strategic Management and Governance. As executive vice president, she was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Academy's strategic plan and for developing mechanisms to measure the Academy's progress toward goals and objectives. Babjak facilitated the reorganization of the Academy's governance structure, including new roles for the Board of Directors and House of Delegates and the transformation of the Academy's Nominating Committee into a force for leadership, development and diversity.

Babjak served as the Academy's interim chief executive officer in 1997. She received the Filipino American Dietetic Association's Appreciation Award in 1993 for outstanding contributions to diversity of practice through direction and leadership in the expansion of international relations. In 2011, she received the Champion Award from the Academy's Diabetes Care and Education dietetic practice group; and the Distinguished Ambassador Award from the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition DPG, given to non-registered dietitian nutritionists who consistently demonstrate excellence in promoting the expertise of RDNs to varied audiences. In 2004, in recognition of her service to the Academy and to the nutrition and dietetics profession, Babjak was awarded honorary Academy membership.

Babjak served on the Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Leadership Institute and the Pew Health Professions Commission on Educating Health Care Workforce Task Force. She was nationally elected by other professions to chair the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and serves on the Leadership Council for the National Organization for Competency Assurance.

Babjak is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned a master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University in Illinois.