Dear AIA Georgia Members,
AIA Georgia is pleased to announce that Mark Levine, AIA has been elected as our state’s new South Atlantic Region (SAR) Director for 2016-2018. Along with this position, Mark will automatically become a member of the AIA National Strategic Council. The SAR Regional Director’s positions are rotated every three years between AIA Georgia, AIA North Carolina, and AIA South Carolina.
While the election process was completed in May, at the request of one of our members, AIA Georgia undertook a formal review of the procedures used to elect a SAR Director, specifically to make sure they were in agreement with our By-Laws. AIA Georgia let that review process run its course and was able to fully certify the results this week upon its completion.
Regarding the election, AIA Georgia’s President, Greg Walker notes “We had a great slate of candidates, all of whom would represent AIA Georgia well. We are very excited to have someone as experienced as Mark take on this role, and our members should be proud of their decision.”
Mark will complete the rest of 2015 by shadowing the outgoing SAR Director, Jane Frederick, FAIA – to get a thorough understanding of how best to represent AIA members in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Frederick recently won an At-Large Director position on the AIA National Board, and has pledged to support Mark in his work: “I’ve known Mark for many years, and I know he will be excellent in this role.”
Mark has served as President of both the Albuquerque (NM), and Grand Valley (MI) Chapters of AIA, and is current Past-President of AIA Georgia, serving as a Board Director before that. He also was recent Chair for the AIA Atlanta Steering Committee for the 2015 AIA National Convention, held just a few weeks ago. Levine received his architecture degree from the University of New Mexico and is the Higher Education Practice Leader at Pond and Company.
Levine will begin his term in January of 2016. “I am sincerely honored to be elected to this position and look forward to working with our regional directors (Jane and Steve). It is my hope that as repositioning efforts continue to evolve, I can be an effective voice for our region, to ultimately help shape institute policy that brings all AIA chapters a heightened level of meaningful member service.”
AIA Georgia wishes to again thank all three highly qualified candidates for their participation in the SAR Election process. We are also very grateful to the nearly 300 AIA Georgia members who participated and had their voices heard. Please join us in wishing Mark all the best as he takes on this new role.