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2020–21 Board of Directors

NCEES operates under the supervision of a board of directors. Members of the board of directors are nominated and elected to serve by the Council’s member licensing boards, which represent the engineering and surveying licensing boards from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The individual members of these state licensing boards are appointed to serve by their respective governors and are considered active members of NCEES.

Board of directors

President Christopher Knotts, P.E.

A resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Knotts serves as an emeritus member of the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. He served as the Southern Zone vice president for the 2017–19 term and served as board liaison for the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and the Special Committee on Bylaws for the 2019–20 term. Knotts also served as secretary-treasurer of the Southern Zone. He previously served on a number of other NCEES committees.

President-Elect Brian Robertson, P.E.

A resident of Wellington, Colorado, Robertson serves as a member of the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors. He served as Western Zone vice president in 2018–20, as board liaison to the NCEES Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures in 2019–20, and as board liaison to the Committee on Member Board Administrators in 2019–20. Robertson also served as a member and board liaison to the Committee on Education in 2015–19 and as chair in 2017–18.

Immediate Past President Dean Ringle, P.E., P.S.

A resident of Columbus, Ohio, Ringle serves as a member of the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. He also serves as a board liaison for the NCEES Advisory Committee on Council Activities. He was previously board liaison for the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and the Special Committee on Bylaws. He has also served on a number of other NCEES committees.

Treasurer Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S.

A resident of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Tyrell has been a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors since 2011 and currently serves as board chair. He served as the NCEES Northeast Zone vice president in 2017–19 and as a member of the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers, Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors, Committee on Nominations, and Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines. Tyrell served on the Definition of Engineering Task Force and as a board liaison on the Technology Task Force. He also chaired the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures.

Central Zone Vice President Michael Drewyor, P.E.,
P.S.

A resident of Houghton, Michigan, Drewyor serves as an emeritus member on the Michigan State Board of Professional Engineers and the Michigan State Board of Professional Surveyors. He served as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers in 2013–17 and as a member of the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures in 2017–20.

Northeast Zone Vice President Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.S.

A resident of Westerly, Rhode Island, Duhamel has served on the Rhode Island State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers since 2008 and is a past board president and secretary. He has served as chair and as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and as a consultant for the Committee on Examination Audit and the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures. Duhamel also served as Northeast Zone assistant vice president for the 2017–19 term.

Southern Zone Vice President Timothy Lingerfelt, P.L.S.

A resident of Kingsport, Tennessee, Lingerfelt has been a member of the Tennessee State Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors since 2009. He previously served as board vice chair and currently serves as board chair. He was a member of the NCEES Public Outreach Task Force and the Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors. Lingerfelt was also a volunteer for the PS Exam Development Committee and a juror for the Surveying Education Award. He served as Southern Zone assistant vice president for the 2017–19 term.

Western Zone Vice President Scott Bishop, P.S.

A resident of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Bishop recently completed his second four-year term as a member of the Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Board where he served the last three years as board chair. His service to NCEES includes serving as a member of the Principles and Practice of Surveying Committee and as a chair and vice chair for the Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors. He recently served as Western Zone assistant vice chair. Bishop was chair of the NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group in 2015–16 and served on the Future of Surveying Task Force in 2014–16. He also served as a consultant for the Surveying Exam Module Task Force and the Committee on Examination Audit. Bishop serves as a Future City competition nationals judge.

Chief Executive Officer

The board of directors appoints the chief executive officer, who oversees daily operations of the Council and serves as secretary of the organization.

David Cox

David Cox is the chief executive officer of NCEES. As CEO, Cox serves as secretary of the NCEES corporation and as chief employed officer of the Council, with authority over its daily operations.

Cox previously served as executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 2001 to 2018. During this time, he was also active in the work of NCEES. He served 10 terms on the organization’s Committee on Finances, including two as chair. He also served as a member of the Committee on Member Board Administrators, the Advisory Committee on Council Activities, the Governance Task Force, and the Licensure Qualifications Oversight Group. In 2014, NCEES awarded him the Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the organization and the professions of engineering and surveying.

Cox holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and is licensed as a certified public accountant in Kentucky.