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Illuminating Engineering Society Welcomes Tom Butters
Director of Education, Effective August 1


The IES has announced that Tom Butters will be their Director of Education, a newly created position, effective August 1.

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is pleased to announce and welcome Tom Butters as the IES Director of Education, effective August 1. This new position was established to address the growing need for timely, accessible, and objective continuing education courses in the lighting industry and the expanding role of education within IES for the benefit of its members.

Butters will oversee the development, implementation and delivery of IES educational programs for professional development, higher educational institutions, and the public at-large. In addition, Butters will develop educational outreach tools and activities to assist lighting professionals in advancing their proficiency through continuing education. He will report to the executive vice president and work closely with the directors of standards and membership services.

Since 2007, Butters has been director/senior manager of one of the busiest lighting educational facilities in North America. He has 30 years in the lighting industry with 15 years developing and delivering lighting education programs based on IES recommendations to all segments of the industry. Butters has served as a board director, president, and education chair of the Toronto Section of the IES. He was also vice district chair of the IES District for Eastern Canada.

"The hire of Tom to fill the newly created position of Director of Education is an important next step in the evolution of IES," said Tim Licitra, IES Executive Vice President. "Our vision includes increasing the value of membership by providing our members with access to educational content delivered through modern technologies, supporting our sections by assisting in establishing educational programming, and the creation of resources to aid colleges/universities and our strategic partners. Tom will be instrumental in making this vision a reality."

Butters commented, "I am extremely honored, humbled and excited at being hired as the Director of Education for the IES. This new position is a dream job for me. I strongly feel that never has there been a greater need for all levels of lighting education to all segments of our industry. It is an exciting time to be in lighting."

He further added, "I look forward to working with the strong team Tim Licitra is putting together, with the membership of the IES and with other educational avenues in delivering quality, timely lighting education to all segments of our industry and specifically our membership."

Since 1906, the IES has sought to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. For more information, visit

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