Washington, DC— Cynthia J. McKim, of Montgomery, AL, was elected Member Board Executive Director of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 89th Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. After being an observer to the Board for two years, McKim is the first Member Board Executive (MBE) elected to the Council’s Board of Directors with full voting rights. At last year’s Annual Meeting, the Council voted to add a MBE Director and a Public Member Director to the Board of Directors to provide the Board with additional insight and a fresh perspective when making critical decisions.
For nearly 30 years, McKim has represented Alabama citizens as a public servant working for several state agencies, among them the Department of Revenue, the Medicaid Agency, the Department of Human Resources, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Since October 1988, McKim has been associated with the Alabama Board for Registration of Architects and has served as its executive director since 1996.
During the past 10 years she has been selected by various NCARB presidents to serve on numerous committees and task forces. She was a member of the Council’s Reciprocity Impediments Task Force, whose primary objective was to identify and remove jurisdictional requirements that impede architectural practice across state lines. McKim also served on the Committee on the Intern Development Program, the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect
Task Force, and the Procedures and Documents Committee. In 2000 she was appointed to the Member Board Executives Committee, and was named its chair the following year.
McKim received NCARB’s highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, in 2004. One of only a handful of state board executives to receive this honor, she was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Council and to the profession at large.