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ASLA Begins Search for New Leader

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to announce that ASLA has embarked upon a search for a new organizational leader. The selected individual will help to lead, manage, and advance the Society as our profession’s work becomes more visible and valued than ever. Since its founding in 1899, ASLA has undergone many successful transitions. During these times of change, ASLA has and will continue to remain, an unfaltering proponent of our profession.

The process of finding our new leader is being undertaken with great care and due deliberation. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has chosen a distinguished and diverse search committee to oversee the process, which includes both current and future leaders of our profession.

The committee is chaired by Greg Miller, FASLA, ASLA’s immediate past president, and includes Dennis Otsuji, FASLA; Susan Jacobson, FASLA; Kofi Boone, ASLA; Magdalena Aravena, ASLA; Tom Mroz, FASLA; Roxanne Blackwell, Honorary ASLA; and Curtis Millay, ASLA.

After a wide-ranging examination of qualified firms, the committee has selected Higher Talent Executive Search to help us secure our next leader. The firm will immediately begin an extensive process of consulting and engaging with a host of stakeholders, including a wide variety of ASLA members and others within the landscape architecture community. This process of consultation and listening will result in a description of the skills, talents, and attributes needed in our next leader, and then inform the deliberative and collaborative process of search, recruitment, and selection.

Both the Executive and Search Committees are committed to an open, transparent, and collaborative course of action. You can expect to hear more in the coming weeks and months as Higher Talent gets the process underway. The goal is to find an extraordinary and transformative leader whose skills, commitment, and values are as exceptional as those of the profession itself. Our standards and expectations are high, but we are confident that an exciting new chapter in the history of ASLA has just begun.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments about this process.

Shawn T. Kelly, PLA, FASLA

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