LANHAM, MD. — Audrey Copeland has been named the next president and CEO of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) after longtime president Mike Acott steps down following the association’s 2019 annual meeting in January.
Acott served a 27-year term as NAPA’s president, holding the position since 1992. Over the coming months, Acott and Copeland will work together to ensure an orderly transition of the leadership of NAPA, which is the only national trade association focused exclusively on the interests of asphalt pavement mix producers and paving contractors, indicates a release.
Copeland, PhD and a licensed professional engineer, will serve as NAPA’s chief operating officer during the transition period.
The selection of Copeland comes after an intensive search process conducted by a succession task group comprised of NAPA members and confirmed unanimously by NAPA’s Executive Committee.
Copeland joined NAPA in 2012 as vice-president for engineering, research, and technology. In that role, she has grown NAPA’s engineering team and forged strong relationships with the State Asphalt Pavement Associations, Asphalt Pavement Alliance, National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University, the Asphalt Institute, Federal Highway Administration and other industry professionals and partners, the release states. She also served as technical lead for more than $2 million in industry-funded research projects and secured a co-operative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that has invested more than $2 million in government funding to advance asphalt technologies, adds the release.
“NAPA has played an important role over the years leading the asphalt industry through challenges, guarding the industry’s interests, and forging partnerships for success all while working to foster and encourage innovation and excellence,” said Copeland in a statement. “I will continue that tradition, as we address today’s needs and prepare to take full advantage of tomorrow’s opportunities.”
Before joining NAPA, Copeland served as a highway and materials research engineer with FHWA. According to the release, she earned her doctorate in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Tennessee Technological University.
The NAPA 2019 Annual Meeting will take place Jan. 21 to 23, 2019, in Marco Island, Fla.