By Jessica Kirby
The president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has turned the position-required presidential theme concept on its head. Ron Jarnagin has taken the hot seat for 2011-2012, and where his predecessors have chosen to operate their terms based on a technical sustainability platform – green building, energy efficiency, retrofitting, or a specific ASHRAE standard – Jarnagin decided to tackle an achievable legacy.
“The technical themes are good and important,” he says, “but it dawned on me that we might be overlooking the sustainability of our organization.” With this in mind, Jarnagin decided on “Sustaining ASHRAE Through Leadership” as his presidential theme, but not before
running the idea past colleagues, all of whom thought the idea was a hit.
“It was something different, but it’s really about investing in the organization so that it will continue to be a viable force for generations to come.”
Jarnagin is a staff scientist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1978 and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 1980. Previously, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University.
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