The AIA announced yesterday that executive vice president and CEO Christine McEntee will leave the institute in July to become the executive director of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Under the guidance of the AIA board's executive committee, a committee will be formed to conduct a national search for her replacement.

"Over the past four years, Chris McEntee significantly enhanced recognition by policy makers, the media, and others that design matters, especially in the areas of sustainability and livable communities," said AIA president George Miller in a statement. "We wish her every success."

The AGU, based in Washington, D.C., is an nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the Earth and space science communities. McEntee will begin her position there in August.