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Personal Comments:

Good morning.  For me this year’s opportunity to install the incoming officers is unique. 

Historically, in the past, senior fellows of the Academy Manning, Yaxley, or Hicks were installing incoming officers.

This year, the Board started a new tradition: installation of the NAFE officers by past president who is leaving the Board in given year.

This year, it happened to be me. I am Richard Ziernicki, 2012 NAFE’s past president and outgoing Board member.



Election to a position of leadership in any organization is an honor not to be taken lightly.

Your fellow members, in selecting each of you to your respective offices, have expressed confidence in you:

As officers of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, you will represent to all persons the true meaning of The Academy.                                                       

You will be our professional and ethical collective voice.


Will the incoming officers please step forward.

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Your incoming Officers for the year 2016 are:

President: John P. Leffler

President Elect: Mike Leshner

Senior Vice President: Marty Gordon

Vice President:  Klas Haglid (installed in abstention)

Treasurer: Dr. Jerry Ogden

Secretary: Paul Swanson

Director at large: Marvin M. Specter

Director at large: John Certuse

Past Presidents: Jeffrey Armstrong, Ross Curtis, Paul R. Stephens,





Do you now each, in the presence of these fellow members and other witnesses, pledge yourself faithfully to discharge the duties of the office to which you have been elected?  IF SO, ANSWER "I WILL."


As a Professional Engineer, I _ (name) _ _ = dedicate my professional knowledge =  to the advancement and betterment of human welfare.

I pledge: = To give the utmost of performance, = to participate in none but honest enterprise,

I pledge: = to live and work according to the laws of man = and the highest standards of professional conduct.

I pledge: = to place service before profit = and the honor and standing of my profession = before personal advantage

and  THE PUBLIC WELFARE =ABOVE ALL OTHER CONSIDERATION                                                                                                                        

I further pledge = to uphold the constitution and bylaws = of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.




As a representative of the membership of The National Academy of Forensic Engineers, I install each of you in the office to which you have been elected.


Will all of the members of The Academy please stand.

You have heard the pledge of your officers elect.

Unless they have your wholehearted support, they will not be able to fulfill their pledge so faithfully given.

Do you therefore promise to support your officers as they guide this Academy through the coming year;

Will you assist them whenever you are called upon for help in undertaking the activities of your Academy;

Will you encourage and advise them and refrain from unjust criticism of their plans and actions?


Let these mutual pledges be our commitment to the end that this Academy may be an increasingly greater force for the CAPABLE AND ETHICAL practice of Forensic Engineering and thus for the well-being of all people.

In accomplishing the above, I have just turned President Armstrong into our immediate past president.

I now ask Jeffrey Armstrong to present “the special GAVEL,” the symbol of his office, to our brand new president, John P. Leffler.

Once more it was my pleasure and honor to install the NAFE officers for 2016 year.

Thank you!

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