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AIA names interim leader

Paul W. Welch, Jr., will serve as interim executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). An experienced California public servant and senior executive with the AIACC for nearly three decades, Welch will start on July 19 and will continue in this role through the conclusion of a national search to fill the position made vacant by the departure of current AIA executive vice president and CEO Chris McEntee.

“I am honored to continue serving members of the American Institute of Architects in this new interim role,” said Welch, Hon. AIA. “The future of the AIA is important to the future of the architecture profession and I will work hard to ensure that the next staff executive steps into their position leading a vibrant and thriving organization.”

Welch, of Modesto, Calif., is currently the executive vice president of the AIA California Council (AIACC).

Prior to his career at the AIACC, Welch was the executive officer for the California State Board of Architectural Examiners and served earlier as director of consumer affairs for Stanislaus and Monterey counties in California. He has bachelor’s degree from California State University-Humboldt; has done post-graduate work in public administration at California State University-Stanislaus, and holds an honorary Masters of Architecture from the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego. Welch will relocate to Washington, D.C. during the interim period.

So that Welch can devote his time and energies to his new assignment, the AIACC Executive Committee will appoint Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIACC, to serve as Interim AIACC Executive Vice President.

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