Below are my perspectives on some of the highlights from the ASCE March Board of Direction meeting.
• The Board voted to approve a strategy roadmap for student transition and Younger Member retention. The roadmap suggests eight action items, including giving Younger Members a greater voice in the Society.
• The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Committee on Ethical Practice proposed amending the Code of Ethics to enforce ASCE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The proposal will come up for a vote next July.
• A new Task Committee on Governance Structure proposed changing the size and structure of the Board. The proposal prompted a vigorous discussion. The Committee is continuing to develop their draft recommendation.
• Greg DiLoreto, Chair of the Committee for America’s Infrastructure, informed the Board that the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card received thousands of media mentions across the nation during first week following its release. The Board discussed expanding the 2021 Report Card to include the cost saving achieved via ASCE’s “Grand Challenge” to reduce the lifecycle cost of infrastructure.
The next Board meeting scheduled for July 28-29 in Baltimore will include a full day of strategic planning.