Carol A. Bonosaro, the longtime president of the Senior Executives Association, will retire next month, saying “it is time that I ‘smell the roses.’”

She has led the organization of top federal civil servants for 29 years, following 25 years as a federal employee. Bonosaro will become president emeritus when her retirement becomes effective Nov. 4.

“I have been extremely fortunate to do work about which I am passionate and to meet and interact with talented career executives with critical responsibilities, many of whose accomplishments have been extraordinary,” she said. “It’s been an incredible journey, but I am looking forward to my new role and helping to ensure that SEA will continue to be successful in representing the interests of the career Federal executive service.”

Listing her “many accomplishments,” a SEA news release said:

“Bonosaro created the SEA Professional Development League’s annual Presidential Distinguished Rank Award banquet in 1986 which recognizes the excellence Senior Executives bring to government; she played a key role in ensuring the substantial executive pay raise resulting from the 1989 Ethics Reform Act and which was critical to attracting and retaining competent career leadership; she led the Association’s successful effort to overturn the STOCK Act requirement for Internet publication of executives’ annual financial reports, protecting not only privacy but also certain national security concerns that were never considered in the original law; and she created the Distinguished Executives Advisory Network to leverage their significant knowledge and accomplishments to support the SEA’s thought leadership for effective government management.”

Added SEA Board Chair Barbara Pabotoy: “While we will be installing a new President to lead the association, we will never be able to replace Carol.”