Randy Fiser, President of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will be stepping down from his position at ASID and joining the American Geophysical Union (AGU) as CEO and Executive Director effective Aug. 17, 2020. His eight-year tenure with ASID will end at the end of July, according to ASID. The ASID board will appoint an interim CEO and begin the search for a permanent.
“For eight years, Randy has provided invaluable leadership, passion, vision, and service to our community,“ said ASID Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Associate AIA. “He understood and championed the ability of interior design to impact not only the beauty around us but also our health, wellness, and wellbeing. His recent efforts have further strengthened ASID’s position as the global leader on interior environments. We will miss his contributions to our network.”
Fiser will leave ASID after working collaboratively with the ASID National Board to complete a new multi-year strategic plan for the association. During his tenure, Fiser advanced the importance of evidence-based interior design through more than $1 million in ASID Foundation-sponsored research. He conceived and oversaw construction of ASID’s new headquarters, which became the first dual LEED and WELL platinum-certified space in the world. He partnered with unexpected organizations — among them the Clinton Global Initiative, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and AARP — to enhance ASID’s impact and the public’s appreciation of the effects of interior design on health, business, and education outcomes. He also diversified ASID’s business model to generate revenue from innovative programs, events, and content, along with membership dues.
“I’m proud of our work, during my time at ASID, to demonstrate design’s power to improve people’s lives through attention to the places we live, work, learn, heal, and play,” Fiser said. “I look forward to continuing my efforts to improve lives by serving an association that applies science to societal challenges affecting people, planet, and universe.”
“Randy was the clear choice to lead AGU because of his proven track record of relying on science to inform major decisions. Whether that’s with ASID’s renovation or when he worked on helping to rebuild New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, he has moved science from ‘useable’ into ‘used,’ which is one of our key goals in our newly released strategic plan,” said AGU President of the Board Robin Bell. “We are confident that Randy will build upon the past 100 years of success while creating new partnerships, enhancing diversity and inclusion and elevating Earth and space sciences as an integral knowledge producer and solutions provider.”
“I am excited to join AGU and the Earth and space sciences community to help elevate the knowledge and create actionable solutions. Together with this community, we will integrate Earth and space sciences into everything everyone does so that we are better stewards of our environment for future generations around the world,” said Fiser.