By Aiessa Moyna, STC President

On behalf of the Society for Technical Communication’s Board of Directors, I am announcing today that Chief Executive Officer Liz Pohland has decided to leave STC early in the new year.

Liz assumed the role of CEO in 2016, becoming the seventh executive director in the Society’s history. As a trustee, guardian, and spokesperson for STC, its assets, and its brand, Liz has managed all aspects of the Society’s operations and programming and has been a visible representative for the association with members, partners, others in the technical communication profession, and more broadly across industries. During her tenure, Liz oversaw the restructuring of STC, which included transitioning from a fully staff-supported association to a hybrid model encompassing both paid staff and outsourced functions provided by an association management company, in the interest of reducing overhead and expenses. Liz also oversaw and played a key role in the expansion of STC’s Education and Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) certification programs, which now offers credentials at the Foundation and Practitioner levels, with Expert expected to come online soon.

Liz joined the STC staff in 2008 and previously served as Director of Communications and Intercom Editor. Prior to STC, Liz worked for multiple nonprofit organizations, including the Folger Shakespeare Library and Princeton University Press. Liz’s background in technical and professional communication served her well at STC – she was a member before she was an employee, and she has always been able to identify with and appreciate the needs of our members and serve them in an empathetic way.

On a personal note, I appreciate Liz’s commitment to the Society and our members, as well as the institutional knowledge she has always brought to the table. As an STC member, volunteer, and Board member, I have enjoyed working with Liz over the years, and I will miss her guidance and support.

The search for Liz’s successor will begin immediately, and I will share more information with you as decisions are made. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Liz for her dedicated service to STC and wishing her the very best in the future.  
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