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ASME International Names New Executive Director, Virgil R. Carter

New York, Apr 04, 2002

ASME International (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced the appointment of Virgil R. Carter, FAIA, as its new executive director. He succeeds David L. Belden, Ph.D., P.E., who will retire after serving in this position since 1987.

Confirmed by the ASME Board of Governors at its March meeting, Carter will assume his responsibilities effective July 1, 2002. He has served for the past five years as executive director of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a professional association serving the project management industry. From 1990-96, Carter held the positions of vice president of membership and education, successively, at the American Institute of Architects. Previously, he was head of the School of Architecture at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he received his bachelor's degree in Architecture (1964). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and has been a practicing architect at various times throughout his career.

"We are pleased to have Virgil Carter join the ASME staff as a highly qualified executive director with proven leadership abilities and a pioneering vision for global organizational growth and membership development," said William A. Weiblen, president of ASME.

"ANSI congratulates Mr. Carter on his appointment. We look forward to working closely with him, as well as with the members and staff of ASME International, to further progress the development and promulgation of globally-relevant consensus standards that meet market needs," added Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO.

Mr. Carter holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1969), and is a member of a number of organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Association Executives, the American Institute of Architects, and the Pennsylvania Art Association. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1968 and held the ranks of lieutenant and captain.

Dr. Hurwitz also extended his congratulations to Dr. Belden: "During his tenure at ASME, [Dr. Belden] has maintained a commitment to the principles of transparency, openness, balance, relevance, consensus and coherence in standards development. He has been a strong advocate of sector-driven standardization and the recognition of multiple paths to international standards. We appreciate his past support and wish him well during his retirement."


ASME International is a not-for-profit organization with 125,000 members worldwide. ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide, and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public welfare and safety. With annual revenues of $65 million, ASME has 10 locations in the United States and over 400 employees.

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