MARCH ASCE BOARD OF DIRECTION MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Board Meeting Caps Busy Society Week in D.C.
Jay Higgins, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, your Region 9 Director, is a member of the Los
Angeles Section. Jay represented you at the March 17-18 Board meeting in Arlington, VA.
The March Board meeting capped what is always one of ASCE’s busiest weeks of the year. The week kicked off with the Legislative Fly-In, followed by an ASCE Industry Leaders Council meeting and the annual OPAL Gala. This year, Board members were invited to enjoy a special screening of the IMAX film Dream Big at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum just before convening for the Board meeting.
It certainly was an inspiring, fun, and very productive week.
Highlights of the Board meeting included:
•The Board of Direction voted to approve the desired outcomes for a strategy roadmap for student transition and Younger Member retention. The roadmap suggests eight action items, including an emphasis on giving Younger Members a greater voice in the Society (see story in ASCE News).
•The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Committee on Ethical Practice proposed the addition of an eighth canon to the ASCE Code of Ethics with language that would provide a basis to enforce ASCE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, while establishing accountability to the Society’s prescribed diversity and inclusion guiding principles. The recommendation was well-received by the Board and will go to a vote in July.
•A new Task Committee on Governance Structure made its first presentation to the Board, offering thoughts on possible alternatives to the size and structure of the Board. The session prompted vigorous discussion among Board members as the task committee continues to fine-tune its plan.
•The Board heard from Greg DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, Pres.13.ASCE, chair of the Committee for America’s Infrastructure, about the recent launch of the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. The overall grade for the nation’s infrastructure remains a concerning D+, and the Report Card puts forth ASCE’s solutions to raise the grades and reverse this trajectory, including increased, sustained investment, bold leadership, comprehensive planning, and careful preparation for the needs of the future. DiLoreto reported on the thousands of media mentions about the Report Card across the country in the first week following the release, including prominent features on CBS News, CNBC, NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.
The next Board meeting is scheduled for July 28-29 in Baltimore, MD. The agenda features a full day of strategic planning.
Congratulations to Region 9’s latest ASCE Fellows and ASCE Award Winners:
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