MAN IN THE SPOTLIGHT Mark Roush assumes presidency of the IES (2015-16)

On July 1, Mark Roush assumed the office of president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), the international leader in lighting education, standards, publications and professional development. He succeedes Paul Mercier.

Roush has been a member of the IES for 36 years. During his career in lighting, he has worked in various capacities including marketing, application engineering, business development and training. Roush has been on the faculties of two universities teaching lighting in architecture and interior design, and has contributed to numerous articles on lighting.

Roush is also a Fellow IES member, a past president of the IALD Education Trust, and chair of the LIGHTFAIR Innovation Awards Committee. He has served on IES Committees as member, secretary and chair—mainly on education, but also in service including Medal Award, task group on Annual Conference and student involvement. He has received numerous industry awards. Roush is currently principal at Experience Light, a lighting-consultancy firm.

Says Roush, “I look forward to leading the IES through a challenging time of opportunity represented by several leadership activities started with my predecessor and continuing as a result of the retirement of two key senior staff members. We have commissioned a complete and thorough business review of IES operations, are very close to making an offer to new executive vice-president, have capably identified an acting EVP and technical director, and have an engaged board that sees before it the great opportunity to rejuvenate the entire organization. During my tenure as V-P, we were successful in fashioning our Strategic Plan toward a vision focussed on outcomes and not processes. This is an exciting time and I see a great future for the IES to engage our members, staff and board.” 


IES is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society in North America devoted to lighting. Founded in 1906, the mission of the IES has been to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. A broad variety of programs, including publications, conferences and seminars, have been established to accomplish this mission. IES publishes and distributes the finest lighting literature authored by committees with the most experienced minds in industry and academia today.

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