Andy Swisher takes on Leadership Role at Institute of Transportation Engineers
Andy Swisher PE, PTOE recently graduated from the inaugural class of LeadershipITE, a leadership academy developed by the Institute of Transportation Engineers to identify, develop, and engage leaders to ensure that ITE and its members are positioned to effect and shape the future of transportation. His work with the organization, however, has only just begun.
As part of the Leadership Academy, Swisher and the 30 other participants from the U.S. and Canada were broken into small groups charged with studying topics important to ITE. Swisher was instrumental in developing his group’s topic: Defining ITE’s Role in Transportation Advocacy.
“People invest in their careers in many ways. I am proud to see Andy not only take the initiative to engage in the Leadership ITE program for his career, but more importantly be passionate about using this experience to benefit our industry and clients through the ITE advocacy initiatives,” said David Dougherty, Vice President, Transportation at HR Green.
Swisher, who has been active in ITE throughout his career, was anxious to become even more involved in the organization.
“I was very interested to be a part of the first leadership class and once selected, I really pushed for us to look at advocacy as a group topic. I was personally interested in learning more about the flow of information with regards to public policy decisions affecting our industry and was curious as to what role ITE currently plays in that and should play in the future. I also knew that ITE was forming an Advocacy Committee and thought that our LeadershipITE group might be able to have a meaningful impact in getting that committee off the ground,” said Swisher.
Swisher’s LeadershipITE group made some specific recommendations to the ITE Board of Directors such as revising the Advocacy Committee mission statement and creating clearly defined and measurable goals for the Advocacy Committee’s first year. Other recommendations included the development of a formal process to define the flow of information between ITE members, the Advocacy Committee, and ITE staff, the creation of educational pieces to help members in their communications with public officials, and identifying potential partnerships ITE could create with other like-minded organizations.
Swisher and his group’s work is being rewarded with an extended job to continue looking at advocacy issues as a sub-committee of the ITE Advocacy Committee. Swisher hopes the effort will help ITE grow.
“We, as transportation professionals, need to be involved in advocating for our industry if for no other reason than to make sure the facts are clearly understood. I have an overwhelming desire to see ITE grow and I hope our group’s effort will help ITE continue to be relevant well into the future,” he said.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers was founded in 1930. ITE is a community of transportation engineers, transportation planners, consultants, educators and researchers. ITE facilitates the application of technology and scientific principles to research, planning, functional design, implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of ground transportation.