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ISA Executive Director Jim Skiera announces retirement

After more than 22 years of service, James Skiera has announced his retirement as executive director of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) effective by the end of 2017.

Skiera began his career at ISA as associate executive director in 1994. His primary responsibilities were public relations and product and program development. He became executive director of the organization in 2004. Under Skiera’s leadership, ISA has grown to become the leading voice for arboriculture and professional tree care worldwide, serving more than 37,000 members and credential holders.

Skiera stated, “It has been an honor to serve ISA for much of my professional life. To be part of its growth has truly been an enriching experience. It was a difficult decision to leave, but the timing is right. I have been working on a succession plan with ISA staff and the Board of Directors for several years. The Society is stronger today than it has ever been, and there is a foundation of talent in both staff and volunteer leadership, so I will leave with confidence that the organization will continue to thrive into the future. The future is bright and I am certain ISA will continue to make the world a better place one tree at a time.”

“Jim’s contributions to the success of ISA have been invaluable,” said ISA Board President Michelle Mitchell. “His passion and dedication to the profession of arboriculture is widely recognized and appreciated. The ISA Board of Directors expects to find a new executive director who will build upon Jim’s work within the organization.”

As per the established Succession Plan Policy, the ISA Board of Directors has appointed an Executive Director Transition Committee to manage the search process. This committee will be conducting a search to identify the next executive director. Details of the search process will be posted at a later date on the ISA website. Inquiries about the position can be sent to execsearch@isa-arbor.com.

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