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Help wanted at AIA as CEO departs

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today that Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Christine McEntee will leave the Institute on 23 July to become executive director of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an international nonprofit scientific association dedicated to furthering the sciences of geophysics through individual efforts and in cooperation with other scientific organizations.

McEntee leads a staff who manage the AIA’s daily operations and who, along with McEntee, will assist the elected leadership of the AIA during the transition to a new executive. A search committee working under the guidance of the AIA Board Executive Committee will be formed, with a national search for candidates to be conducted by an executive search firm. McEntee will work closely with the AIA leadership and staff to ensure a smooth transition.

“My decision to accept a new position comes at a time when the AIA is strong and poised to take advantage of new opportunities that will add member value,” said McEntee. “I’m gratified that I’ve been able to make a positive contribution to the organization in my time as the staff executive, but, I know that the enduring success of the AIA mission is found in the unyielding passion and commitment of its members to help create a better built environment.”

During her tenure, the AIA marked its 150th anniversary through a series of initiatives to spark conversations about the impact of architecture on our lives. Additionally, McEntee increased the effectiveness of government advocacy involvement in legislation and media relations placement efforts, introduced innovations for the AIA website and the annual convention, and expanded sustainability initiatives.

In her new position at the AGU, which begins in August, McEntee will lead a professional society that is a global leader of scientific knowledge within the Earth and space science communities and expand AGU’s global reach and scientific excellence for the benefit of humanity.

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