December 15, 2005
Christine McEntee has been named the
AIA's first female executive vice president and chief executive
officer, succeeding Norman L. Koonce, FAIA, who retires on
December 31. McEntee, whose tenure becomes effective February
1, 2006, formerly served as CEO of the American College of
Cardiology. She is credited with increasing that organization's
revenue by $18 million annually and growing membership to
33,000 during her seven-year term.
"I am extremely energized to be working with such a
dedicated cadre of professionals who are deeply committed
to making lives better through spaces and environments they
create," says McEntee.
Koonce, her predecessor, who had been AIA CEO/EVP since 1999,
wanted a break in order to turn his attention to issues of
"exploring the power of architecture to elevate and enrich
the human experience," while also spending more time
with his family. Koonce established closer working relationships
between local, regional and national AIA components, and increased
association membership 12%, to 74,000 in 2004.