It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Chair of the Northeastern District Board for 2019, and I’m excited to work with the Executive Board and all the members in the District to make this a memorable and successful year. First, I must thank my ITE mentors and friends, especially past chairs Joe Balskus and Bill McMenamin. Their leadership was an inspiration during my first two years on the Board and I hope to maintain the standards they established. Also, my thanks to all the past Board Chairs who have inspired all of us to stay involved in this important organization that seeks to improve quality of life by providing a diverse, sustainable, and safe transportation system. The District Chairs, International Directors and International Presidents from the Northeastern District are an impressive list and it’s an honor to follow in their footsteps.

The District and Sections all support the next generation of leaders, and one way of doing this is through LeadershipITE. This is a great program that allows future leaders of the organization to work with their counterparts from across North America to tackle the challenges faced by the profession and the Institute. WE have three members participating this year, and the Northeastern District has 13 graduates from the program, including myself in 2017 and our new District Secretary-Treasurer, Adam Allen in 2014.

There are three major tasks before the Board this year which I would like to make you aware of, and I ask for your involvement and active participation in these activities.

  1. The District Annual meeting will take place in New Haven, Connecticut from May 8 to 10. Not only is this our big event of the year, but it will also host the International Board of Direction and the LeadershipITE class for two days prior to the meeting. This will provide a unique networking opportunity to meet the International Board and ITE staff, as well as the members of the LeadershipITE class of 2019. The Local Arrangements Committee is working hard to make this an outstanding event, so I hope we can set a record for attendance this year.
  2. We will be electing a new International Director this year as Mike Salvatti’s term expires in January. Mike has been an amazing Director for the District, and his leadership will be missed. The candidates for International Director will be announced soon.
  3. Finally, the District will approve new Bylaws this year. In accordance with the “One ITE” initiative by the International Board, all Districts are being asked to follow a standard form of Bylaws. The District Board has compared the new format to our existing bylaws, and sees minimal differences, except that we have some sections that are more appropriate for an “Operations Manual” instead of Bylaws, such as the procedures for conducting the Annual Meeting. So, in addition to new Bylaws, an Operations Manual will also be developed which I hope will make Board activities easier to oversee in the future.

And besides these three items, Ian McKinnon is working hard to strengthen our Student Chapters and increase student participation, Joe Balskus and Paul Pflueger are putting the finishing touches on our new District website, and each of our three Sections is hosting their own annual meeting and other educational and social events. There are all kinds of opportunities to get involved with ITE – just ask. Feel free to email me if you have ideas or questions.

Jeffrey Lebsack, PE, AICP, ENV SP