The American Newspaper Publishers Association has relocated its research institute from Pennsylvania to association headquarters at The Newspaper Center in Reston.

The research institute's move into the new $5 million addition is the final step towards consolidation of ANPA operations at The Newspaper Center. ANPA purchased the 11-acre Reston site in 1970 and moved from New York City in 1972. Its Chicago labor relations office moved in 1976. The latest move increases the number of ANPA employes from 120 to 180.

The two-story, brick expansion adds about 57,000 square feet of office and laboratory space to the association's existing 33,000-square-foot facility. It houses the research institute's technical and training operations which includes development of new presses, equipment and techniques.

The institute does testing and analysis of ink and newsprints; conducts environmental studies; establishes color standards for ink manufacturers and provides production management consultation services.

The addition was financed by a one-year dues assessment of each of the association's 1,400 newspaper members, payable over a three-year period.

The board of directors of the Bank Marketing Association has agreed to recommend to its membership approval of an offer to affiliate with the American Bankers Association. The ABA board of directors has approved the merger.

A meeting of the BMA membership will be held on Sept. 14 at the association's Chicago headquarters to vote on the proposal.

Under the terms of the proposed affiliation, BMA would be merged into a new Delaware corporation to be formed by the ABA before Nov. 30, the last day of BMA's fiscal year. Thereafter, all ABA member banks would automatically be eligible to participate in BMA functions without paying corporate dues to BMA. Individual members and banks that are not ABA members would continue as BMA members and pay dues.

ABA has agreed to underwrite BMA for a five-year period for the amount of corporate dues relinquished - estimated at $1.7 million annually, the ABA said.

There is no present plan to move BMA offices, which will remain in Chicago and continue to be headed by Executive Vice President Raymond M. Cheseldine.

BMA President Richard M. Rosenberg, vice chairman of Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco, said he supports the affiliation because it assures continued funding of BMA activities, while relieving individual banks of paying dues to both associations.

Combined assets of the ABA's 13,000 member banks represent about 95 percent of the industry total.

Melvyn L. Lieberman has been elected president of the Association of Practicing Certified Public Accountants. He is a partner of Schimel, Lieberman & Associates in Rockville. Cecily Slater of Hodge, Slater and Associates in Gaithersburg was elected vice president. Joseph Musher of Popeck, Serio and Musher in Kensington was elected secretary, and Ronald Posner of Becker, Weinstein and Kaufman in Washington was elected treasurer.

The Washington Association of Money Managers has named newly elected officers: Michael Nugent of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, president; Cynthia Keith of the National Bank of Washington, senior vice president; Peter LaSalle of the Student Loan Marketing Association, vice president; Frederick Smoak of American Security Bank, treasurer, and Stephen Kearney of the U.S. Postal Service, secretary.

William H. Hansell Jr. has been named executive director of the International City Management Assocation. Hansell was formerly director of the Pennsylvania League of Cities. He succeeds Mark E. Keane, who is retiring after 16 years as chief executive of the association.

Charles N. Childers has been named executive of management and administration of the U.S. Independent Telephone Association. He was formerly administrative manager of Digital Equipment Corp.'s mid-Atlantic region. Rysia de Ravel has been named director of planning and policy of the association. She was formerly a corporate planner with Western Union Corp. in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

George W. McKinney Jr. has received the 10th William F. Butler Memorial Award for excellence in business economics from the New York Association of Business Economists. McKinney is a University of Virginia economist.